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Same-sex marriage ban blurs church’s future

Same-sex marriage ban blurs church's future
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...

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...

SAGA to host ‘Gender and Sexuality Across the Globe’

SAGA to host 'Gender and Sexuality Across the Globe'
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...

‘There is a lack of understanding’

Mary Stoll, Associate Professor of Philosophy, answers a question from the audience in response to the National Geographic documentary “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.
National Geographic documentary sparks gender discussion
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...

SAGA event combines religious, LGBTQ beliefs

Students and SAGA members participate in a panel discussion about how to be religious and also be involved in the LGBTQ community. Panel discussion leaders helped facilitate discussions, guide, and ask questions.
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...

SAGA celebrates LGBTQ+ pride

Anika Cunningham, freshman English literature major, participates in tie-dying at the event hosted by SAGA in honor of National Coming Out Day Wednesday evening.
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...

Students aim to start LGBT+ sorority

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...

‘It generally is of benefit to be out’

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...

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