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LGBTQ Column: Winning hearts and gold medals
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LGBTQ Column: Winning hearts and gold medals

This year, the world watched the first openly-gay Team USA athletes compete in the Winter Olympics. Many people in the LGBTQ community are celebrating figure skater Adam Rippon and skier Gus Kenworthy for their courage and shameless self-expression in the athletic spotlight, where the queer community has been historically limited. The LGBTQ community has always struggled...

LGBTQ Column: Queer-baiting, but straight-washing
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LGBTQ Column: Queer-baiting, but straight-washing

NBC’s new show Rise tells the story of how high school drama teacher Lou Mazzuchelli transforms the theater department. The plot is based on the real life story of Lou Volpe, but many in the LGBTQ community have criticized the show’s creators for changing a pivotal part of Volpe’s character. In the show, Lou Mazzuchelli...

Back at home, back in the closet
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Back at home, back in the closet

While the holiday season is a time of celebration and festivity for most people, many in the queer community dread the time off. For a lot of us, the holidays mean one thing: forcing ourselves back into the closet. For many it’s easy to be out and proud at a left-leaning college like Emerson, but...

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Spacey’s sexuality is no excuse for past assaults

Kevin Spacey is facing several allegations of sexual assault. Anthony Rapp accused the actor of assaulting him when Rapp was only 14 years old, and in Spacey’s apology, he seems to have deflected from these allegations by coming out as gay. This is nothing new. Queer people often hide behind their sexual identities to justify inappropriate thoughts...

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LGBTQ column: Out of the closet, into a box

I have a confession—I think Buzzfeed quizzes are fun. A few weeks ago, I found myself searching the site. One quiz titled, “You Won’t Get 100% on this Quiz If You’re Straight,” jumped out at me. Aware of how questionable this could be, I went ahead and took it. According to Buzzfeed, I am, without...

Mindfulness course moves students to meditate
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Mindfulness course moves students to meditate

Overwhelmed students seeking tranquility can turn to the Mindfulness Practitioner Program, a new initiative focused on mindfulness meditation. Harrison Blum, director of religious and spiritual life and campus chaplain, is introducing the program, a structured eight-week plan that will allow students to begin and deepen a regular practice of mindfulness. The program allows students to...