GOing Abroad & LGBTQ Identities

As summer approaches, there’s a bunch of topics to talk about regarding the LGBTQ Community: things to do, bathing suits, meeting people….the list goes on. While I’ll get to those, I’d like to talk about a struggle that doesn’t get enough visibility: going to a foreign country as a member of the LGBTQ Community. Whether…

On Erasure

Erasure, commonly seen in many LGBTQ sexualities and gender identities, is the act of erasing something. As much as sexuality and gender are fluid, and as progressive as our society may be, erasure is working to hold back the idea of acceptance and leads to negative views of the LGBTQ community. Sexual fluidity is being…

Pros and Cons of Being Out and Proud

As I’ve mentioned, I’m really out and proud about my identity, at least on my college campus. I really love this about myself and my very happy I’m out the closet and prideful. However, as great as it, sometimes, just like everything else in life, it does have its disadvantages. With these recent realizations, I…

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…

A Note on Outing

So, outing. Yeah, I hate outing. It makes me think of Shane from MTV’s “Faking It” or Finn from “Glee.” Outing is when someone discloses information about another’s sexual orientation or gender identity without their knowledge and/or consent. Here are a few examples of how someone can be outed Friends talking about a certain identity…

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….

Review of Go Fish

No, I’m not talking about the card game silly. Go Fish is an independent lesbian film. Here’s what I thought:   Go Fish was released in 1994, and directed by Rose Troche. I think it gives an accurate representation of the lesbian community, and touches on real topics that lesbians as well as LGBTQ individuals…

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…