The Daily Eastern News

Don’t take advantage of your secret

Andrew Paisley, Opinions Editor

February 6, 2020

Since I came out of the closet almost nine years ago, I have experienced and come across several men who are in the closet. Some of these men are not sure what they are; some are bi and some are flat-out gay, but it’s a secret. I want to make it clear that I respect anyone who is in the closet, and I don’t ever...

Charleston’s PFLAG here to support LGBTQ community

Logan Raschke, Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2019

Charleston's PFLAG chapter, established in 2015, is a safe place for members of the LGBTQ community to go to for support, education and advocacy. Co-president Judy Looby said she and her husband became a part of PFLAG once their son came out to them in 2009. They decided to go to the closest PFLAG...

Pride Month educates about LGBT people, GSD issues

Blake Faith, Contributing Writer

April 15, 2019

Every year in the month of June, the U.S. celebrates LGBT Pride Month to remember and honor the Stonewall Riots in Manhattan in 1969, according to the Library of Congress. Since 2009, Jessica Ward, director of Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity, said the center has moved Eastern’s Pride Month ...

Students share thoughts on LGBT history education bill

Shamaine Ware, Contributing Writer

March 25, 2019

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill that would require public schools to teach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history to school children, grades K-12. Education majors at Eastern shared their opinions on the new bill. Madison Ley, a senior majoring in elementary education...

Pride members discuss struggles of being both black and queer

The crowd listens to the panel’s discussion during Black Queer Lives Matter Wednesday night in the 7th Street Underground.

Valentina Vargas, Multicultural Reporter

February 13, 2019

Being black and queer in a predominantly white community is the moment when those who identify as that are aware the most about their identity. Three Pride members and an adviser of the organization talked about being black and queer in society today at the Black Queer Lives Matter panel discussion ...

We stand with the LGBTQA+ community

Staff Editorial

October 17, 2018

As staff members of The Daily Eastern News, we stand with and support the LGBTQA+ community. There are several people in the world today who still do not support people of this community, whether it be due to their religious beliefs and/or personal beliefs. We, however, do not fall into that category of...

Homosexuality shouldn’t be censored

Jordan Boyer, Photo Editor

August 28, 2018

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition for the word “censorship” is “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.” Censorship has had a long and controversial history associated...

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Andrew Paisley, Campus Reporter

February 26, 2018

As always, I try my hardest to stand up and support LGBT rights, as I am a member of the community myself. As far as we have gotten with our rights, it is sad to see that there are still so many people out there who will never change and will continue to be judgmental. One thing that bothers me is...

Poet connects with audience in 7th Street Underground

Mike Santoria, Campus Reporter

February 14, 2018

By using a mix of personal stories and interacting with audience members, LGBTQ activist and writer Natasha T. Miller was able to connect with students at the ‘My Black is Beautiful’ poetry slam. Miller performed six poems for the roughly twenty Eastern students attending. “Anytime I get...

‘Money Smart’ event to teach financial literacy

T'Nerra Butler, Multicultural Editor

October 19, 2015

Students can learn about saving and how to steer through their future finances at “Money Smart: Facts, Figures and being LGBTQA+,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Mario McCart, a graduate assistant at the Life Center, has been planning this event for a month. He said it covers a little bit of everything when...

Gender Sexual Minorities History Fair and others to celebrate LGBT History Month

T'Nerra Butler, Multicultural Editor

October 5, 2015

In honor of LGBT History Month, pride has planned out several events to educate campus on the past of LGBT. One event, Gender Sexual Minorities History Fair will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Bridge Lounge of the Martin Luther King Jr. Union. Jo Stauder, the president of Pride, said the Gender Sex...

New PFLAG chapter to support local LGBT, parents

Derrin Coad, Staff Reporter

July 7, 2015

A new chapter of PFLAG has opened up in Charleston and members are eager to offer support to LGBT children and their parents. The new Charleston chapter of PFLAG, which stands for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is one of the 19 chapters in Illinois and one of more than 350 chapters in th...

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