On November 16th, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that aims to expand protections for the LGBTQ+ community. Bill S.5325/A.6193 requires utility companies to allow customers to use their preferred names and pronouns. This bill was crafted in response to an uptick in attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and protections around the country. Governor […]Read More Push and pull on legislation for lgbtq+ protections
It saves my friends from an uncomfortable interaction down the road, makes me feel more comfortable, and allows them to engage in a safe space for dialogue. So, it does start with us and just a simple conversation.Read More ADDRESSING GENDER STEREOTYPES WITH YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS IS HARD…BUT I DID IT!
For those who attended high school, especially for junior and senior year, or have experienced the pressure to continue to higher education you know the stress that is common during the application process. We are always told that it is worth it in the end, that after the anxiety of applying and getting in some […]Read More Trans Students’ experiences on College Campuses
I want to explore the topic of gender based pronouns, but first I think it is important to quickly distinguish the difference between sex and gender for anyone who might not be familiar. Sex refers to the biology of a person, whereas gender is a social construction of what it means to be more feminine or masculine. Furthermore, sexual orientation and sexuality typically refer to one’s physical, emotional, and/or romantic attractions. Like […]Read More The Problem With Pronouns
The laws created echo the continuous struggles of women and other marginalized groups. Laws are the culmination and the realization that our patriarchal society has created from its inception. The laws that have been created by our society came into being during the revolutionary war and the subsequent creation of the Declaration of Independence. These […]Read More Women and Controversial Topics
For those who do not know, this week is Transgender Awareness Week! Celebrated yearly between November 13th through November 19th, Transgender Awareness Week is used to raise visibility and address issues that the community faces. The day after Transgender Awareness Week is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed November 20th to honor those […]Read More How To Be A Trans* Ally 101
For the uninitiated, being a feminist can be hard to wrap your head around. What am I to believe? What am I to think? Am I a feminist? The chances are if you are even asking yourself these questions you are more than likely already a feminist. To help further explore what it means to […]Read More What Does it Mean to be a Feminist?
As a young child, it was made very clear to me that cursing should not be a part of my vocabulary because there are better ways to express myself. And, for the first 12 years of my life, I wholeheartedly believed that. That is until I stubbed my toe eliciting a loud “SHIT”, followed by […]Read More Talk Like a Lady…Fuck That
On Wednesday April 10th I attended the University Health Center’s second annual Men & Violence Panel in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The five panelists were Dr. Tim Miller, Dr. Steve Grande, Dr. Hakseon Lee, Jordan Todd, and Ross Erb. The purpose of this event is to promote the fact that sexual assault and […]Read More University Health Center Presents: Men & Violence
For the second year in a row, Virginia is placing a focus on our nation’s female heroes. This weeklong event (March 17-March 23) strategically occurs during Women’s History Month and is meant to recognize the women who have sacrificed and served in the armed forces. This goes along with Women’s History Month, where we recognize […]Read More Women Veterans Week: Honoring Our SHE-roes