The 2019 Oscar nominees are in, and I was quite pleasantly surprised by the inclusivity, especially in the Best Picture category. Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Roma, and Green Book are beautiful stories about race (and after #OscarsSoWhite, we deserve some color). What stuck out to me was that five of the films nominated for Best Picture […]Read More Should Straight Actors Play Queer Roles?
The other night I was sitting in the photo lab on campus, sorting negatives, when I started Speaking Up, one of NPR’s Ted Radio Hour podcast episodes. It began with the story of a queer, Bahrainian woman name Esra’a. She introduced herself to a crowd, describing her upbringing in Bahrain: “You were encouraged to be invisible, and […]Read More Where are you, in the fight for unity?
Did I read that correctly?? YEP. Today, the US Supreme Court decided to deny hearings for all marriage equality cases before it, meaning that Same-Sex marriage is now LEGAL in Virginia as well as Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Marriages can take place in these states immediately, bringing the number of states to legalize gay marriage up […]Read More QUICK HIT: Same-Sex Marriage Is LEGAL In VA (And 4 More States!)
February 9, 2014 was an ordinary day for most people across the nation. I’m sure many were sticking to their normal Sunday routine, which for us college students most likely consisted of doing homework, recovering from the weekend and getting mentally prepared for the busy week ahead. However for one individual, this day, this one […]Read More Michael Sam: The first ever openly gay, active professional football player