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The Obamas, Kehinde Wiley, and Amy Sherald- Black Excellence

The unveiling of President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s portraits marked a great deal of firsts for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. President Barack Obama was the first black president this nation has had, and now the first one to adorn the NPG. First Lady Michelle Obama was the first black First Lady to the nation and now the NPG as well. As for the man and woman behind the magic of these two portraits, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald- the first black artists to grace the walls of the NPG. All this black excellence made poetically perfect… Keep Reading

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Being Queer and Religious. Can the Two Mix? / Real Talk

I’ve been really trying to find a conclusive answer to this question ever since I realized that I am Bi, and I think that I have come to the conclusion that it is something you need to figure out for yourself and become comfortable with. I remember trying to pray my gay thoughts away because growing up in a strict African and Christian home, there was no way I should’ve been thinking about those thing. Yet no matter how hard I tried to ignore it, it was still there because it is a part of who I am. I started… Keep Reading

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Theatrical Review: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone

When anyone mentions Home Alone, naturally Macaulay Culkin’s screaming face comes to mind- that is until you visit the Rockwell LA and watch Kate Pazakis’ remarkable adaptation of John Hughes’ 1990’s Christmas classic “Home Alone”. Donned “The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone” the play makes you laugh, reminisce and listen in awe. While it is a parody, the tunes the cast belt out- are no joke, we sincerely believe Hughes would be proud. In this adaptation, gender norms are thrown out the window as Natalie Lander (alternatively Valerie Rose Curiel) steals the show and our breath as the adorable… Keep Reading

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Labels within the Lesbian Community

There are biological factors that propagate and allow pattern recognition and correlation inherently in humans. This allowed us to survive and adapt, from hunter gathers to modern Homo sapiens of today. Labels and the ability to identify patterns were and still are a survival skill. This latent human “software” that at one point in time kept us alive and therefore was passed down through DNA has a bit of “mal ware” so to speak in that an insidious issue has been given free reign and an opportunity to flourish. In the lesbian community labels are a by-product of an evolutionary… Keep Reading

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5 Reasons I’d Never Turn Straight Even if I Could

How often do you consciously think about your sexual orientation? The way I see it, the ultimate goal of any “coming out” journey for an LGBTQ individual is to reach the point where your sexual orientation or your gender expression isn’t forefront in your mind all day. Let me explain: I have a supportive family. I live in a city where I’m safe to hold my girlfriend’s hand in public. I’m surrounded by a queer community that validates me. At no point during the day do I ever think that my life is out of the ordinary – and I’m… Keep Reading

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Dan Reynolds Wages War on Mormon Church

Imagine Dragon’s lead singer Dan Reynolds, has waged war on the Mormon Church- specifically their dreadful policies against the LGBT community. Reynolds has been quite vocal about his disapproval of the Church’s stand against the LGBT community. His critique comes from a place of love though, “I don’t feel a need to denounce Mormonism. I do feel a need as a Mormon to take a stand against things that are hurting people.” Reynolds clarifies. LGBT Mormon members who have a same-sex attraction are forced to suppress their feelings, marry their heterosexual counterpart, or be celibate if they chose to continue… Keep Reading

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Nancy Pelosi, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s First Politician Guest Judge

The California Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi has confirmed via Twitter that she will be a guest judge in VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. The Democratic Leader said in a Tweet Thursday, January 18, 2018; “All I can say is, you betta werk! Had a fabulous time with @RuPaul and good luck to all the queens. . The House Minority Leader will appear on an (already filmed) episode in the upcoming Season “Drag Race All-Stars” set to premier sometime January 25, 2018. Pelosi is the former Speaker of the House, the first woman, first Californian, and first Italian-American to lead a major party… Keep Reading

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Abercrombie Kids Launches Gender Inclusive Everybody Collection

Abercrombie Kids is challenging gender norms with their new Everybody Collection, a unisex line “for every kind of kid”. The new 25-piece line is gender neutral and is available both online and in brick and mortar stores. The line features hoodies, long-sleeve T-Shirts, bomber jackets, and crew neck sweatshirts, in camouflage, pink and tie-dye effects. Kids from a variety of ages and genders are seen wearing the clothing on the site’s website. According to brand president of Abercrombie & Fitch and Abercrombie Kids, Stacia Anderson said, “Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles,… Keep Reading

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This one really is a controversial topic

Oh Man… This one really is a controversial topic but I think it is very important to discuss these things. Now if you didn’t know, I am part of the LGBT+ community, specifically the B (Bisexual). So for that reason, I understand why LGBT+ characters should be shown in kids TV shows. I would’ve felt so much more comfortable with the way I felt when I was younger knowing that there were other people, real or not, that felt the same as I did. But because it wasn’t normalized, it was pretty hard to accept. “They’re kids, so most parents… Keep Reading

How to Navigate Heteronormativity

By: Aleya Jones Existing outside of the heteronormative box we live in can be, daunting and exhausting, to say the least. Constant reminders from media outlets, societal norms, showcased relationships, praised leaders, and the systems we function within, make finding a space of internal acceptance seemingly impossible. While some days forecast isolation and ridicule, there are small habits, hobbies, and self-care practices to assist in finding a space of fulfillment within yourself. Read a biography by an LGBT author Reading often provides an escape from reality, an opportunity to find relatability within characters and authors, access to knowledge often kept… Keep Reading

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