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Polite prejudice not polite

Polite prejudice not polite

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

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 is a baffling one. How can someone “not agree” about a fundamental fact about a person’s life? ...

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

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

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

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 period set by the committee, interfered in the election process and disrupted the integrity of the el...

SAGA raises awareness, money

SAGA raises awareness, money

Riley Guerzini, News Editor

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 Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) and Students for Gender Violence Awareness (SFGVA) helped raise...

City Council passes LGBT protections

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

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 on an amendment to the city’s human rights ordinance. There were more than 20 public commentators an...

New project puts LGBT community on map

Damien Burge

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 community asset map seeks to provide existing resources, areas of inclusivity and possible opportunities...

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

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

Armon Siadat

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 studies, and Amie McKibban, assistant professor of psychology, provided participants with...

USI falls short on LGBT support

USI falls short on LGBT support

Roberto Campos

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 gradually transition him from female to male. With doubt on his mind, it wasn’t a fear of needles...

Gender-neutral housing missing from USI

Shannon Hall

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 junior  asked to remain anonymous due to safety concerns. On his records, his gender...

‘It doesn’t matter who you love’

Meredith Harris

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. – where his high school “was in the middle of a cornfield.” “We have the people up there that ...

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