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Protesters rally at the Texas State Capitol on May 4, 2021 in Austin to stop proposed medical care ban legislation that would criminalize gender-affirming care.

Nearly half of LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide, survey finds

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Nearly half of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, according to a survey from the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis support for LGBTQ youth, published its annual survey this week. The survey found rising rates of suicidal thoughts, as well as significant… Read More

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Shawnee State University pays $400K to professor who refused to use a student’s pronouns

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (NPR) — A public university professor in Ohio who was disciplined four years ago for refusing to use a transgender student’s pronouns is being awarded $400,000 following a lawsuit against the university. Nick Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, sued the college in 2018 after he was disciplined… Read More

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House Republicans introduce Ohio version of the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers are proposing legislation in Ohio that would ban schools from teaching about “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” to students kindergarten through third grade. The bill, HB616, is similar to language used in a Florida measure which came to be known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. It is also legislation… Read More

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Film, “The Gender Revolution” and Panel Discussion


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Welcome parents, teachers, community members! Learn more about gender diversity and how to support our transgender and gender non-conforming students. We will be showing the 2017 documentary, “The Gender Revolution” followed by a panel discussion that includes a transgender/gnc high school student, a supportive teacher, a supportive parent of a transgender/gnc student, and a former… Read More

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Kasich Signs Order Against Gender Identity Discrimination

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Gov. John Kasich has included a new category into state protections against discrimination in an executive order he signed Wednesday. But those protections might not last very long. Kasich’s order includes gender identity, which wasn’t included in previous executive orders or in state law on discrimination. This is a change for Kasich, who says he’s a conservative but… Read More

Queer Touring Bands Find Their Own Spaces in Athens, Ohio

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By Devon Hannan Between bars and commercial venues, lines can be blurred in terms of what makes a safe space actually a safe. For bands on tour, efforts made my space owners around the country soon become very apparent. Are space owners actually providing a safe space to include artists of all backgrounds and identities… Read More

Finding Diversity in Theater

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Young people all across the country are speaking up and calling for a more inclusive culture that celebrates a wide diversity of experiences. OUtlet reporter and freshman theater major Seth Eggenschwiller explores students’ push for their vision of a more diverse and inclusive theater division at Ohio University. Here in Athens, diversity is a noticeable… Read More

Queer Fashion

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Fashion has historically been a means for folks to facilitate and express cultural elements through identification and unification. Queer fashion specifically has helped LGBTQ+ individuals recognize, meet and connect with other members of the community. The OUtlet’s Delaney Murray and Juli Holbert explore and define queer fashion through the decades. “Queer fashion” has always existed,… Read More

Generational Activism

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Activism has long, historical roots in the United States that are sewn into the Constitution. The right for individuals to peaceably assemble has, and does, pave the way for groups to achieve political goals. But has activism changed? The OUtlet’s Juli Holbert takes a look at how different generations view protest and activism. Nina Richner,… Read More

Business Power: Athens businesses try to combat harassment

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While some activists show support for their causes by creating signs and publicly protesting, others are using other methods to create and influence change. One local group is working with local businesses to help create a more welcoming environment for people from all walks of life. People’s Justice League is an organization dedicated to creating… Read More

Athens LGBTQ Legacy Project


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The School of Art + Design proudly presents the “Athens LGBTQ Legacy Project,” a historical tour, stories, film and panel discussion facilitated by Becky Chmielewski, at Seigfred Hall’s Mitchell Auditorium April 13 and 14. “The Legacy Walk,” will begin at Seigfred Hall on Friday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at Athens Uncorked by 7:30… Read More

Transgender Faith Leaders Answer the Call to Become Prophets

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Attending an affirming church is not always an option for members of the LGBTQ community, so queer people often have to seek out nontraditional ways to do faith. For transgender people who are called to serve as clergy, there are a handful of protestant denominations that will ordain them. However for those in denominations that… Read More