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Polite prejudice not polite

Polite prejudice not polite
February 12, 2019

There may not be a more frustrating sentence in the English language than, “I don’t mind LGBT people. I just don’t agree with their lifestyle”. The concept of “not agreeing” with LGBT people...

Election committee votes to remove candidate from ballot, will appeal decision

The university election committee voted March 22 to remove Student Government Association presidential candidate Trevion McFarland from the ballot on charges that he campaigned outside of the campaign period set by the committee, interfered in the election process and disrupted the integrity of the election.
March 27, 2018

The university election committee voted March 22 to remove Student Government Association presidential candidate Trevion McFarland from the ballot on charges that he campaigned outside of the campaign...

SAGA raises awareness, money

SAGA founder Blaine Halford talks about his experience being a member of the LGBT community in Evansville has differed from his experience living in Louisiana.
April 25, 2017

Blaine Halford is no activist, but he said it's important for people to be aware of bullying against those in the LGBT community. Halford, a freshman computer science major, along with members of the...

City Council passes LGBT protections

Public comment fuels meeting, USI community speaks up
February 23, 2016

A transgender male stood in front of a packed City Council meeting Monday night and asked for the chance to be himself. Skylar Julian, 17, was one of many community members in attendance to comment...

New project puts LGBT community on map

September 3, 2014

A new initiative has been created to help members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community find businesses and resources in the Evansville area that provide equal opportunities. The...

‘You are not alone’: Students become allies at annual Safe Zone training

Amie McKibban talks to a resident assistant during Safe Zone training Saturday. 
Armon Siadat/The Shield
April 1, 2014

A group of 22 students gathered in Carter Hall early Saturday morning to receive training for the Tri-State Area Safe Zone Initiative. The training, led by Stephanie Young, assistant professor of communication...

USI falls short on LGBT support

USI falls short on LGBT support
January 15, 2014

Alex Kessler sat in his residence hall bathroom for 45 minutes contemplating whether or not he would go through with a procedure which would require him to self-inject body altering hormones that would...

Gender-neutral housing missing from USI

September 18, 2013

When he came to USI as a freshman, like most USI students, he had three roommates. The difference – all of his roommates were female because USI does not have gender-neutral housing, and he's transgender. The...

‘It doesn’t matter who you love’

April 17, 2013

Corey Dean said he was “culture shocked” when he came to USI’s campus because there are many accepting people here. The freshman biology major came from a “hick county” - Gibson County, Ind....

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