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From female to male

From female to male

By Dan Fishbein

May 15, 2015

When sophomore Alex Cosentino turned 3, he realized that he did not belong. Born Meredith Cosentino, he had been raised as a girl in accordance with his sex. Even at that young age, though, he knew there was something different about him. 12 years later, Cosentino would identify as a transgender male. “Whenever...

Understanding Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill

Understanding Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill

By Emily Dickson

May 12, 2015

In the past few weeks alone, Apple has pulled out of the Big Data conference scheduled for the end of April in Indiana, the NCAA Mid-American Conference has announced a boycott all events and championships in Indiana, and many celebrities are cancelling performances in Indiana, all whilst tweeting profusely...

Allies need to focus on transgender rights

Allies need to focus on transgender rights

By Clayton Kistner

February 12, 2015

“Fix society. Please.” These were the final words of 17-year-old transgender girl Leelah Alcorn’s suicide note that she posted on blogging website Tumblr on Sunday, Jan. 28. Leelah’s story isn’t uncommon. According to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that focuses in suicide...

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

By MaryClare Colombo, Plano Senior HS, Plano, Texas

December 3, 2014

The Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) organization recently addressed the issue of transgender rooming on school overnight trips in a letter to Principal Sarah Watkins in October. Last year, transgender student senior Sydney Dela Rosa had to room alone or room with her biological sex with no other options....

League ruling discriminates against transgender students

League ruling discriminates against transgender students

By Parker Breza, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

October 29, 2014

When the MSHSL chose not to vote on the trans* inclusion policy this month, they didn’t just delay the ability for hundreds of trans* students to participate in high school athletics — they also sent the message that trans* equity wasn’t politically advantageous and therefore unnecessary.

Missouri school makes accommodations for transgender students

Missouri school makes accommodations for transgender students

By Abby Christensen, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.

October 16, 2014

Before coming to Kirkwood High School, his peers and teachers refused to use male pronouns around him, and he was not allowed to use the male restrooms or try out for male sports teams, even though he has identified as male for as long as he can remember.

Collaboration and pronouns are key to expanding GSA’s mission

Collaboration and pronouns are key to expanding GSA’s mission

By Anabel McGuan and Nora Spadoni

September 23, 2014

At the first Gay Straight Alliance meeting of the school year, co-presidents Sophy Warner and Whitney Tyree gave club members a chance to say their names, grades and “their PGP’s — their preferred gender pronouns.” “And where would you fall if you were a raindrop?” asked Warner. “I would...

‘The Hinterlands’ musical has underlying positive message

‘The Hinterlands’ musical has underlying positive message

By Keegan Nicholas, Great Falls HS, Great Falls, Mont.

March 31, 2014

Due to a few structural differences that make it part of its own genre, "The Hinterlands" is unlike many other series that seem to run rampant on YouTube. Set up as a segmented chronicle of a high school misfit, "The Hinterlands" acts as a mini-drama with a positive underlying message. Additionally...

‘Rent’ works to inspire, inform

‘Rent’ works to inspire, inform

By David Andrews, Monarch HS, Louisville, Colo.

March 14, 2014

This spring, the theater department will be tackling "Rent," which follows the lives and struggles of a group of aspiring artists and friends in their Bohemian neighborhood in Manhattan, known as Alphabet City, during the tumultuous 1980s. Brian du Fresne, Monarch teacher, and artistic director for the...

New California law gives transgender students choices

By Lauren Gargiulo, Campanile, Palo Alto HS, Palo Alto, Calif.

February 10, 2014

On Jan. 1, the California State Legislature implemented a new law that allows transgender students from kindergarten to 12th grade in public schools to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender that they identify with. In addition, the new law also allows students to take part in gender-sp...

Why don’t you support gay marriage?

Why don’t you support gay marriage?

By Ian Madden, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.

November 19, 2013

I can’t remember the moment I realized I was gay. There wasn’t an explosion of rainbows, confetti and unicorns. It was just a gradual, terrifying realization. I say “terrifying” not only because my parents are Baptist ministers, but because America is a scary place to live when you’re gay....