Queerness, human rights still issues in Israel

Queerness, human rights still issues in Israel

Paige Nehls, Guest Writer

February 26, 2016

By 2020 the Gaza Strip could become uninhabitable, according to the United Nations. The small Palestinian territory, which is about the size of New Jersey, hosts around 1.8 million people. So where are they supposed to go? Continue reading “Queerness, human rights still issues in Israel”

Gay blood ban lifts in France: gay and bisexual men allowed to donate

Harris Billings, Staff Writer

November 20, 2015

Marisol Touraine, France’s minister of social affairs, health and women’s rights announced on Nov. 4 that France is lifting its three-decade-long ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.

“Giving one’s blood is an act of generosity and of civic responsibility that cannot be conditioned by sexual orientation,” said Touraine in an official statement.

This coming spring, men who have sex with men will be allowed to donate blood for the first time since 1983.

Well, sort of.

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Homicide rates rise for trans women

Harris Billings, Staff Writer

October 30, 2015

On Oct. 15, transgender woman Zella Ziona was shot and killed in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

Since the start of 2015, 21 transgender women have been the victims of homicide. This is already significantly more than last year’s 14 homicides.

“People don’t just end up dead,” said LGTBQQA Coordinator Parker Hurley. “Even though there is an increased visibility within mainstream media of trans women, that visibility has not been met with change in policy or increase access to education, housing and healthcare. We have not made it more possible for trans women to survive.”

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Ireland passes gender recognition law, but US still unfriendly to the transgender community

Harris Billings, Staff Writer

September 4, 2015

In 1993, Ireland decriminalized homosexual activity. Twenty-two years later, the transgender community of Ireland celebrates a major victory.

In May 2015, Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote. Two months later, Ireland made history yet again by becoming the fifth nation worldwide to legally recognize a transgender individual’s self-identified gender without medical or government intervention.

Ireland now joins the ranks of Denmark, Malta, Argentina and Columbia.

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Banquet celebrates black excellence

Annie Fullwood, Staff Writer
April 3, 2015

“All black lives matter because excellence manifests itself within individuals whether or not we agree on it,” said student speaker junior Teresa Bedzigui at the Journeys in Blackness event. “Our journey is far from over.

“Many of us are tired of fighting for our lives, but it is this journey, this process of always becoming, that makes us excellent. We are excellent.”

On March 28, Guilford College faculty, retired professors, students and alumni attended the Journeys into Blackness Banquet to celebrate black excellence.

“This is the third annual banquet,” said Director for Multicultural Education and banquet planner Jada Drew. “The Journeys in Blackness theme has been going on for a few decades here to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month. Now we have the Journeys into Blackness banquet to celebrate not only black excellence, and student and faculty achievement, but also honoring the firsts.”

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