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Doing Just Fine Inside The Closet

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It’s that time of year again—the season when LGBTQ+ people are called upon to identify themselves to the masses. National Coming Out Day, October 11th, has just passed. In addition, the entire month has been dedicated to leaving the closet behind. Ever since I recognized my own queerness, I’ve felt uncomfortable on NCOD. But to be fair, it’s an event with a history we can all be proud of. The concept of “coming out” dates back to the 1800s, when early German advocates like Karl Heinrich Ulrichs and Magnus Hirschfeld promoted self-disclosure as a means of working towards equity for…

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Outfest 2017

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The LGBT Sentinel is thrilled to be a sponsor at Outfest LA. Here are the ten films we’re most looking forward to watching. Attending Outfest? Pick up your copy of the LGBT Sentinel when you’re there! Get your tickets : www.outfest.org/about-outfest-los-angeles/ #LGBTSentinel #OutfestLA

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The Top 10 Songs That Your Playlist Should Have This Summer: Gay Edition

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Summer is here and it’s time to dance. Here are the top 10 songs you should have in your playlist. Britney Spears – Do You Wanna Come Over? I know, technically, Britney Spear’s Glory came out August 2016. But, the song isn’t a single yet, and in the days of Grindr – it’s relevant. The song is sexy and fun, and asks your lover the burning question of the summer evening – do you want to come over? Whether it’s for Netflix and chill or you skip the move altogether, this song shapes up to be the tease of the…

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San Francisco Gay Pride 2017: Day 2

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Day Two of San Francisco Pride. This was one day to remember. The city came to life with hope, kindness, and strength. Everyone stood together as one while celebrating what the world needs more of—love. The event attracted supporters in the millions this year, and the attendance was well received. Bright colors, handmade signs, and strong voices were everywhere to be found. People greeted one another with hugs and warm smiles. Other’s dancing in the streets in celebration of the day. Music was played on every block giving people such a high energy.    Welcome to Pride. Where anything goes.…

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Racism in the Gayborhood: A Philly Story

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  The city of Philadelphia, PA added black and brown to its Pride flag in time for the city’s 2017 Pride festivities, and, as always, people freaked out. The flag’s creation is an attempt to show inclusivity within the LGBTQ community. A year ago, volcanic tensions within the city’s “Gayborhood” erupted after a club owner was video recorded using the N-word. The city’s Gayborhood was soon inundated with protests and a dying night life. The people of Philadelphia used social media to express their thoughts on the new flag. Most responses expressed how proud they are to live in a…

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White Pridefest: Let’s Do Better

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In July of last year, Black Lives Matter protesters staged a sit-in at the Toronto Pride parade. The protesters provided Toronto Pride organizers with a list of demands. These included the facilitation of space and opportunities for Black Queer Youth, prioritized hiring for queer people of color, and the removal of police floats from marches and parades. Toronto Prideagreed to the requests, and the parade resumed. There’s a lot we can learn from this successful intervention staged by BLM. Thanks to activists of color, the queer community has gained some awareness of how racially exclusive our spaces can be. Pride celebrations across the country are a great…

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A Place For Everyone: Gaining Visibility With The Help Of Frank Ocean

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Although Frank Ocean has avoided labelling his sexuality, his music is an antidote to the bisexual invisibility that is part of our culture. In recent years, the idea of bi invisibility has gained some ground in LGBTQ discourse. Bi invisibility/ bi erasure describes the tendency for people who are attracted to more than one gender to experience less understanding and support from their communities. Self-identified “B”s are the biggest population within the LGBTQ community, but you wouldn’t know it from the way their identities are represented in our culture. Exclusion from queer spaces like Pridefest, underrepresentation in the media and…

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