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Gay-Straight Alliance “Breaks the Silence”

Gay-Straight Alliance “Breaks the Silence”

April 30, 2018

The annual Day of Silence on April 27 was celebrated at Dunbar by the school's Gay-Straight Alliance chapter led by English teacher, Mrs. Amber Faris. This year, around 10 students participated, but not all made it through the day without speaking. Since 1996, GLSEN sponsors the annual day of action to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment of LGBT students. As part of t...

Coachella Owner Under Fire for Donating to Anti-LGBTQ Groups

Coachella Owner Under Fire for Donating to Anti-LGBTQ Groups

February 2, 2018

Coachella's 2018 lineup is stacked with numerous top-40 artists with Eminem, Beyonce and The Weeknd as headliners. Yet, a dark cloud looms over this sunny desert music festival. The Washington Post revealed that Coachella owner, Philip Anschutz, has funded up to $190,000 to organizations for anti-LGBTQ activity such as the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Anschutz denies these accusations, thou...

Dunbar’s Gay-Straight Alliance Kicks off Ally Week

Dunbar’s Gay-Straight Alliance Kicks off Ally Week

September 26, 2017

Ally Week is a national movement targeting students in grades K-12 that encourages students to be allies with the LGBT community, and to combat bullying and harassment through education and awareness. This year, Ally Week is from Sept. 25-29. Several Dunbar students and teachers were in attendance to hear a guest speaker, Tuesday Meadows, who is assistant editor and advertising manager of LinQ Magazine, president of...

Tolerance and Empathy Go a Long Way

April 20, 2016

There are 365 days in a year -- 8760 hours, 525600 minutes, 31536000 seconds, and out of all those hours, the LGBTQ community only asks for 24. The Day of Silence was first started in 1996 at the University of Virginia by an undergraduate named Maria Pulzetti. The creation of this annual observance was a result of a class assignment based on non-violent protests. Pulzetti wanted a visible way to ...

Beaumont Family Claims LGBTQ Discrimination

April 20, 2016

On Apr. 13, 2016, a group of students and adults alike gathered outside of Beaumont Middle School in protest. An eighth-grade student, Stella Guralski, was reportedly discouraged from giving an in-class presentation on LGBTQ rights, despite students in her English class initially being told they could present a speech in front of their peers on a topic of their choice. "My teacher told me I c...

Episode 3: LGBTQ Bullying

February 11, 2016

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Anti-Bullying Rally Encourages Students to Eliminate Bullying

Anti-Bullying Rally Encourages Students to Eliminate Bullying

September 10, 2015

Ask any student who walks the halls at Dunbar. They have all either witnessed bullying firsthand, been a bully, or been bullied by a peer if they aren’t being bullied right now. This is an issue that is prevalent in our schools from the first day of kindergarten to the last day of senior year, and Fayette County is one of the major school systems trying to make a difference. Dennis a...

Not Something To Be Embarrassed About

Pamela Stravitz, Editor-in-Chief

April 17, 2015

Filed under Editor's Picks, Features

I like reading, I work out a lot, I like traveling. Photographs pop up on the PowerPoint. The other guy in that picture is my partner, Matt… which means if you haven’t already connected the dots, your English teacher is gay. This is how Dunbar English teacher, Mr. Eddie Mullins, said he starts each of his classes on the first day of school. The announcement may come as a shock to some students, not necessarily because of the content, but because of his willingness to release such private information to students. He doesn’t do this to be dramatic or to influence his students' political or social opinions, ...

Forbidden Love in Iran

April 14, 2015

Keeping secrets can be fun. The flash of excitement coursing through your veins can be addicting, whether it comes from planning a surprise birthday party, or sharing the latest gossip. Sahar has been keeping a dangerous secret all her life: she and her best friend Nasrin are in love. Sahar lives in a country where homosexuality is a crime, but being a man trapped in a woman's body is seen as nature'...

National Day of Silence on April 17

March 26, 2015

The Dunbar Gay Straight Alliance will be participating in the National Day of Silence on April 17. This is a yearly event that club members, as well as non-members, participant in to show support against LGBT bullying. Mrs. Amber Faris, the club sponsor, explained that students who participate in the event vow to stay silent for the entire day as a way to protest the suffering in silence that most LGBT st...

Dumbledore is Gay…So What?

Dumbledore is Gay…So What?

March 25, 2015

Author J.K. Rowling recently responded to a tweet from a fan who said that she couldn't visualize Dumbledore as a gay man. The response has gone viral. Rowling simply stated, "Maybe because gay people just look like...people." It amazes us that people are still so hung up on this. Eight years after the seventh and final book of the series was published, and four years after Deathly Hallows P...

The Senseless Death of Leelah Alcorn

March 13, 2015

At 2 A.M on Dec. 28th, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn committed suicide by throwing herself in front of oncoming traffic. She was struck down and died at the scene of the accident. It was not until a short while later when Leelah's suicide letter was found on her Tumblr that activists picked up this story to fight for Leelah. Her story is significant to the LGBT community because it portrays something that ...