Swimwear and the LGBTQ+ Community

Now that summer is here, so is hot weather, and swimwear. While it’s probably not an intersection many people think of, swimwear can present struggles for those who are part of the LGBTQ+ Community, with its range of gender identities and expressions. This is going to get a little fashion-themed, but for a good cause!…

On Inclusive Language

Language is very important, especially when trying to include everyone, including those within the LGBTQ Community. This means using inclusive language, by including everyone and not making assumptions about people’s identities. Here’s just a small list of common words and phrases that are not inclusive and what to say instead. I hope you’ll take this…

Going Back to School When You’re Part of the LGBTQ Community

When you’re in college, four years can seem like 8. This is because each year is two semesters, where you are in totally different classes with different people. I personally feel that entering another semester is another experience that can be different for individuals part of the LGBTQ Community. With the big day coming up…

Spending Time with Family as a Member of the LGBTQ Community

I think oftentimes the LGBTQ Community can seem like a different world. We have so much terminology and identities that many people are not educated on. This can make it hard when spending time with people who are not educated, such as family. I live on a college campus, so spending time with family presents…

Education and Gender Identity

It’s not hard to see that the LGBTQ Community is a minority, and that struggles come along with being part of it. These challenges can especially be seen in the classroom and on college campuses. Even though people may be assumed as “open minded” or “totally accepting,” it can still be hard to embrace a…

A Note on Microagressions

A microagression can be defined as brief everyday exchanges oftentimes unintentional and automatic that send negative messages to people because of their identity membership. Microagressions are often not meant to offend people; they are not said with that purpose. So they’ll be little brief things that people say when they’re not really looking out for…

A Note on Labels

Labels. They’re everywhere. On food, clothing, and even on people. Sexual orientation. Romantic orientation. Gender. Sex. Age. Even Appearance. Sometimes these words can really make a person feel like they’re such inside a box filled with stereotypes and expectations that come along with the identity. Which is no way to live. However, identifying with certain…

A Note on Coming Out

As a queer college student, I’m not out to everyone, not even everyone in my family. Depending on one’s story, whether they’re out or not may have to do with timing, but also other circumstances like religion, fear, and availability. While coming out can certainly be life changing, it is difficult and an everyday process….

A Note on Body Acceptance

Rather than a little rant or personal antidote, I thought I’d go for a list post. Here’s some body acceptance ideas to keep in mind. I’m the kind of that gets self conscious when my clothes look like the seams are coming lose. Next time you see this happening, remember it’s probably the material, not…

The Q in LGBTQ

Oftentimes when people think of LGBTQ, I think people think of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer. However, the Q actually stands for Queer and Questioning. It actually may be a new idea to say LGBTQ, not just LGBT, because the Q is not always included. While sometimes people will identify as queer for not…