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Same-sex marriage ban blurs church’s future

Same-sex marriage ban blurs church’s future

Riley Guerzini, Managing Editor

March 22, 2019

Becoming an LGBTQ clergywoman in the United Methodist Church is not an option for Emma Loane. Loane, a former youth pastor at Newburgh United Methodist Church, said she was sad about the UMC General Conference vote last month to strengthen it’s ban on same-sex marriages and LGBTQ clergy but not o...

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? ...

SAGA to host ‘Gender and Sexuality Across the Globe’

SAGA to host ‘Gender and Sexuality Across the Globe’

Austin Lewis, Staff Writer

November 8, 2017

USI photo services The Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) has been extra busy this semester pumping out event after event. The most recent event the organization held was the LGBTQ Spiritual Conversational Night, which resulted in a  turnout of almost twenty students within the community as ...

‘There is a lack of understanding’

‘There is a lack of understanding’

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

November 2, 2017

Jenn Horn said there are always people behind labels. "People have always put each other into categories,” the instructor of English said. “But those individuals are human beings whether we agree with their actions or not.” Horn also teaches gender studies classes and has become passi...

SAGA event combines religious, LGBTQ beliefs

SAGA event combines religious, LGBTQ beliefs

Austin Lewis, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017

Landon Davis was one of the only people in the room who didn’t follow a Christian based religion. The freshman political science major was one the many students who attended the LGBTQ Spiritual Conversation Tuesday night. The event was an open panel discussion on how to combine religion and the...

SAGA celebrates LGBTQ+ pride

SAGA celebrates LGBTQ+ pride

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

October 12, 2017

Josie “JJ” Jackson spent their formative years attending Catholic school. The senior communications major was raised by conservative and traditional parents who taught them that anything untraditional was sinful and wrong. “I thought there has to be more than this,” Jackson said. ...

Students aim to start LGBT+ sorority

Sarah Loesch, Editor-in-chief

February 3, 2017

Just a week ago an LGBT sorority on the university campus was only an idea. Now, under the direction of Sam Monsen, an art education major, the idea is taking form. Monsen was talking to a few friends about an LGBT inclusive sorority and found they had an interest. “There is a gender and sexual...

‘It generally is of benefit to be out’

Bobby Shipman

October 8, 2014

The experience of “coming out of the closet” varies tremendously from person to person. Stephanie Cunningham, the outreach coordinator and staff therapist at the Counseling Center, said that depending on where a person is at geographically, developmentally and the people they are surrounded by...

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