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The Double-Edged Sword: An Examination of Religious Freedom
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The Double-Edged Sword: An Examination of Religious Freedom

By NEHA BHARDWAJ Staff Writer Since the early years of this nation’s history, religious freedom has been constitutionally protected by the First Amendment. For two decades following its ratification, this protection existed peacefully and without contention – until a landmark Supreme Court case rocked the nation. Bowers v. Hardwick was the first time in American...

“20gayteen”: a year in review
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“20gayteen”: a year in review

By GRACE LIU Staff Writer “20gayteen” has been a year of victories and new achievements for the LGBT community. The term itself gained popularity on social media and in pop culture after singer Hayley Kiyoko tweeted about it on January 1, 2018. “20gayteen” refers to 2018 and the unprecedented success of LGBT individuals this year....

The Battle for Acceptance in “Boy Erased”: a Movie Review
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The Battle for Acceptance in “Boy Erased”: a Movie Review

By TANIA AZHANG Contributing Writer Warning: this review contains some spoilers Based on Garrard Conley’s memoir, Boy Erased follows the heartbreaking story of Jared Eamons, the son of a Baptist pastor from Alabama, and his experiences attending a conversion therapy program.  Boy Erased was released on November 2, 2018, and has garnered widespread critical acclaim...

Album Review: Badlands
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Album Review: Badlands

BY CELINE NGUYEN Staff Writer Halsey, an American singer and songwriter, dropped her debut album Badlands on August 28. According to Vice, the 21-year-old has been writing songs for years and recently attained fame and an extensive fan base through Tumblr, a popular social media website. Badlands reached top positions on US, UK, Canadian and...

Navigating sex and gender: A dictionary
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Navigating sex and gender: A dictionary

By STEPHANIE SUN Staff Writer Many people confuse the concepts of sex and gender, thinking they are the same. They also think that there is only the gender binary, the classification of sex and gender into two distinct and opposite forms of masculinity and femininity. However, the gender binary is a social construct that can...

Leelah Alcorn and the need for LGBT equality
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Leelah Alcorn and the need for LGBT equality

By CAMERON DIIORIO Staff Writer On December 28, 2014, a boy jumped in front of a truck and killed himself. Or he was a boy, but only physically. But in reality, this person, despite the male anatomy, was a female, a gender that her parents refused to acknowledge. This lack of acceptance ultimately led to...

Outlawing homosexuality in India
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Outlawing homosexuality in India

The last couple of years have brought remarkable progress for the gay rights movement. With the legalization of marriage equality in a number of American states, revocation of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and several celebrities coming out of the closet, gay rights activists have reason to believe that their quest for equality...