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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Katja Benz

COLUMN: Dear LGBTQ Community, I’m glad I’m part of you

Katja Benz, Columnist April 4, 2022

On Feb. 7, I came out in a column as part of the LGBTQ community. I’ve known, as I say in that column, that I’ve been part of that community since the age of 14. I’ve never really talked about...

EDITORIAL: Sex should not be a taboo topic in college

EDITORIAL: Sex should not be a taboo topic in college

Editorial Staff February 10, 2022

Sex is not a bad word. Many people wait until their children reach a certain age to teach them about sex. Some never really teach them, relying on school systems to provide that education. Most schools...

COLUMN: Transgender people have always existed

COLUMN: Transgender people have always existed

Ian Stobaugh, Columnist December 6, 2021

Coming out is always difficult. There’s no question about it. I’ve come out a lot, especially when I was figuring out my identity and unsure of myself. When I realized I was transgender, I had to come...

The crowd toasts to the Doug DiBianco floor dedication in front of McKinney Hall Friday afternoon.

Gender-inclusive floor dedicated to Doug DiBianco

Ryan Meyer, Multimedia Reporter October 24, 2021

A floor in McKinney Hall was dedicated to Doug DiBianco, founder of what would become EIU Pride, on Friday afternoon. The dedication was celebrated with a commemorative plaque and speeches from Atlas...

Lindsey Zike, a freshman art education major, signs her name on a rainbow door for National Coming Out Day.

GSD Center celebrates National Coming Out Day

Luke Taylor, News Editor October 11, 2021

Staff from Eastern’s Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity rolled out the rainbow door for people to sign in recognition of National Coming Out Day. Each year, members of the LGBTQ+ community use...

COLUMN: Experiences as someone who is aromantic and not asexual

COLUMN: Experiences as someone who is aromantic and not asexual

Ian Stobaugh, Columnist October 11, 2021

For those who may remember my column about being aromantic, you may have seen the part where I mentioned how I’m not asexual. I feel like a lot of people glossed over that part or ignored it. But it’s...

Talk highlights LGBTQ, Latinx communities

Talk highlights LGBTQ, Latinx communities

Katja Benz, Campus Reporter September 30, 2021

As part of the Latino Heritage Month events, the Latino Heritage Month committee presented "Latinidad in the LGBTQA+" on Wednesday, which informed attendees about the ways the two communities can come...

Students explain, celebrate bisexuality pride

Caitlyn Craig, Staff Reporter September 23, 2020

Bisexuality Day, celebrated on Sept. 23, recognizes and empowers the bisexual community, a group of individuals who are often misunderstood due to stereotypes and a lack of information. Bisexuality is...

Students bring song, dance, drag to Grand Ballroom

Luke Taylor, Campus Reporter November 8, 2019

*Editor’s Note: This story contains some profanity in the names of certain drag queens/kings. Drag kings, queens and royalty performed in the Grand Ballroom on Thursday night. There was a total of...

Eastern’s Black Student Union and Pride groups joined together Wednesday in Coleman Auditorium to talk about the LGBTQ+ community. One of the things the panel mentioned was that cartoons do not represent the LGBTQ+ community as much as they should.

FEATURE PHOTO: LGBTQ+ panel

Karina Delgado, Assistant Photo Editor October 30, 2019

Eastern’s Black Student Union and Pride groups joined together Wednesday in Coleman Auditorium to talk about the LGBTQ+ community. One of the things the panel mentioned was that cartoons do not represent...

‘Queerness’ discussion to be held Wednesday

Hannah Shillo, Associate News Editor October 28, 2019

Students, staff, faculty and community members can learn and talk about the challenges and successes the LGBTQ+ community has faced at a “Discussion of Queerness” event Wednesday. The talk will go...

Dealing with the chicken in the room

Zoë Donovan, Staff Reporter October 16, 2019

Chick-Fil-A, a humble chicken chain, was officially started in 1967, in Atlanta, Georgia by Samuel Truett Cathy after the success of his previous business, the Dwarf House. They seem to be quickly climbing...

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