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Opinion: The struggles faced by queer Asian teenagers

Opinion: The struggles faced by queer Asian teenagers

The State of Michigan has recently passed a law banning the practice of gay conversion therapy for underage teens. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced that starting Sept. 11, gay conversion therapy cannot be administered to children under the age of 18....

My cousin Ethan: Finding his voice through music

My cousin Ethan: Finding his voice through music

The person whom I admire most is my cousin, Carmelito Ethan Olaes, whose initials spell CEO. When Ethan was born, his parents had big dreams for him. They hoped he would have lots of friends, he would play music and sports, he would go to college, and maybe someday he...

Parents’ group writes holiday letters for LGBTQ youth

Parents’ group writes holiday letters for LGBTQ youth

Perhaps the most heartwarming aspect of the holiday season is the love and cheer shared between families all around the world as they celebrate. For youth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) community, though, acceptance can be difficult to...

Finding acceptance: Yatta Barnett’s story

Finding acceptance: Yatta Barnett’s story

On the street and in the hallways of school, 20-year-old Yatta Barnett draws attention for many reasons. Her large, dark eyes are set against dark chocolate-colored skin under dark hair frequently worn in an elaborate African hairdo. She is usually dressed in bright...

Opinion: Tolerance is no longer enough

Opinion: Tolerance is no longer enough

In today’s turbulent political times, we can see parents changing the channel from CNN because there are kids in the room and witness teachers picking their words carefully when talking about politics with students. This is an obvious result of America’s shift in...

Column: Let’s talk sexuality

Column: Let’s talk sexuality

Sexuality. A topic most high school students are afraid to discuss. And it makes sense why. In the past few years, the LGBT+ community has made a path so great in society, it has impacted the way many think and feel about each other. However, despite our country being...