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Kentucky has a bill proposing the ban of conversion therapy on minors. The reception in the state has been divided, and the bill is still pending.

Kentucky’s Anti-Conversion Therapy Bill Still Pending

March 11, 2020

A Dunbar freshman who asked not to be named shared her fears about revealing herself to her parents. “I am not out to my family yet, and I don’t really plan on coming out any time soon because I'm scared they will send me to something like conversion therapy," she said. "I’m just really afraid they won’t accept me for who I am." This is a valid concern of many youths in Kentucky and t...

For such a small word, the pronoun they has been stirring up a lot of trouble.

They/Them/Their: Why Language Matters

February 5, 2020

High school is a time when many students are discovering who they are, but for some non-binary and transgender students, it can difficult to ask for their preferred pronouns. Non-binary, agender, bigender, and transgender are just a few nonconforming terms that describe those who do not identify with their assigned sex. Students who fit these descriptions sometimes find that their requests for ...

Walt Disney depicted in a statue with the iconic Mickey Mouse in Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida.

Disney Is Failing LGBTQ Youth

February 3, 2020

True loves kiss, a little bit of pixie dust, and poison apples make up the Disney magic we all know and love. Even so, they are not without serious flaws. Growing up I would watch the princess fall in love with the prince time and time again. It’s what I expected. It’s what I thought was normal. I never even realized I was living in a “family-friendly” bubble of heterosexuality. While ...

Discrimination has a way of making people feel sad about the state of their community.

Transgender Military Ban Displays Trump’s Discrimination

July 30, 2019

Buzzfeed announced what has been hinted at since Trump was elected: "Transgender ban on military personnel is now in effect." While the issue of discrimination has greatly improved since the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s, it is sad and disappointing to see that it seems to continuously arise in our society. "I have personally experienced discrimination," sophomore Khalid Rashad said....

Symbols representing different gender orientations

“Unsafe, Vulnerable, and Belittled”: The Legal Rights of Transgender Students

December 4, 2018

As a transgender male, I worry every day about losing my life because of being who I am, and some of my biggest worries have come from other students, and even some teachers, at my school. Students don’t realize that when I walk the hallways I hear them whispering things like “Pinocchio” and “freak.” They think I don't see their stares, but I do. Some teachers purposefully do not use...

The Pride banner that was displayed at the picnic.

Club Offers Support for Dunbar’s LGBT Community

October 7, 2018

In a survey conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control found that roughly eight percent of students (1.3 million) identify as part of the LGBTQ community. In the same study, the CDC found that almost 18% of these students have been raped at one point in their life. This is three times more than heterosexual students. It was also found that they were twice as likely to be bullie...

Gay-Straight Alliance

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