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LGBTQ meeting times schedule

A Twin Cities resident performs at the LGBTQ teen pride event June 1. Many student from the LGBTQ club have participated in activities such as these. The club encourages a safe environment for everyone to come and have a discussion as well as support.

Abigail Prestholdt

February 24, 2020

The LGBTQ meeting schedule has a wide variety of times and dates so all students are able to make it. As said by the members of the club it is a safe place for students. Each month the club has an estimated three to four meetings which all occur in room C375. Laura Buxton is the advisor for the club...

Minneapolis City Council bans conversion therapy

Art by Sophie Livingston

Ben Sanford

December 7, 2019

As of Nov. 22, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously banned the act of conversion therapy, a process of trying to convert minors who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community to become heterosexual or cisgender. Minneapolis Ward Eight City Council member Andrea Jenkins said conversion therapy is ty...

GSA meeting gets canceled

Freshmen Ruby Livon and Christina Loschy discuss their opinions on GSA being cancelled Nov. 22. They talk about their opinions on the importance of GSA.

Lilly Strathman and Grace Schultz

December 2, 2019

When sitting in Madam Sweeney’s classroom on Nov. 21, GSA’s (gay, straight alliance) co-president and senior Anika Jamison had to cancel the meeting because of lack of attendance.  “There were not enough people there to spark good conversation,” Jamison said.  According to junior Ain...

GSA reflects on low turnout

Co-presidents of GSA Club and seniors Anika Jamison and Al Woida discuss plans to paint the wall for National Coming Out Day. The first club meeting took place at 8 a.m. on Oct. 3.

Maddie Schutte and Sofia Seewald

October 9, 2019

According to senior and GSA club leader Anika Jamison, after experiencing low turnout at its first meeting, the club is looking to gain new members this year through different events that will promote it. “Our main goal is to work on making sure that people at St. Louis Park know we’re here an...

Adding LGBTQ+ pioneers to schools’ curriculum

Adding LGBTQ+ pioneers to schools’ curriculum

Tamar Gewirtz

October 4, 2019

The history of the LGBTQ+ community is rarely talked about, and when it is, it's usually just in passing. But this is beginning to change. On August 9, Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois implemented the Inclusive Curriculum Law; a law that mandates schools to teach about LGBTQ+ pioneers, among other groups of people. Now is the time for other states, including Minnesota, to follow su...

Teen pride creates inclusive community for youth

Show some pride: A Teen Pride volunteer serves free Chipotle to Pride attendees. The Teen Pride event was June 1 at Loring Park. The celebration
included many booths and activities, informing people about the LGBTQ+ community. Pride will be June 22-23 at Loring Park.

Marta Hill, Maggie Klaers, and Kate Schneider

June 5, 2019

After attending Twin Cities Pride last year, junior Isaac Wahl said he found the courage to come out because of support he felt from the community. “For me personally, Pride is what made me come out as bisexual,” Wahl said. “I have always known that I was bisexual, b...

Gay Straight Alliance plans activism

Freshman Sylvia Leppik shares her coming out story to GSA members during their meeting Oct. 25. In their weekly meetings, GSA also discusses current political topics.

Isabel Kjaer

October 30, 2018

.According to junior copresident Anika Jamison, the Gay Straight Alliance hopes to have more focused meetings and plans this year, particularly with regard to activism for LGBTQ rights. “Last year, we were a little less organized. This year, we are cracking down,” Jamison said. Adviser Kyle...

Sophomore feels concern for LGBT community

Sophomore Euan Lim helps lead GSA at 8 a.m. every Thursday in room B231.

Nietzsche Deuel and Ndunzi Kunsunga

October 27, 2017

Co-leader of Gender Sexuality Alliance sophomore Euan Lim said he thinks that while gay rights are moving in the right direction, the last few years have been a step back from the progress made. “If we think of it in the course of decades, (the treatment of the LGBT community) has gotten better,...

My experience with gender and identities

My experience with gender and identities

KJ Preston Pepperell

October 2, 2017

Most people think of gender as a line, a definitive objects with two ends. On this line, there are males on one side and females on the other. And that’s it, nothing in between them and no way for them to get to the other side. I see gender as more of a hazy, cloudy space. People happen to start...

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