Stephanie Gilbert
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Queer Identity: Urban Shaman

Most people who have woken up with their same-sex significant other, only to rush back into the closet as they go off to brunch with their family, can relate to the feeling of living two lives. Closeting one identity under…

What Are You Thankful For?

Although overdosing on turkey (or tofurkey!) was so last season, being thankful is perennial. For this blog post, I polled members of the queer community on the rights, privileges, and aspects of daily life they are most grateful to have…

Straight Girls Kissing and Heteroflexibility

I am coming out of the closet: I have made out with straight girls (before and after coming out as a lesbian) at parties on several occasions. I am not ashamed to identify with this often stigmatized activity because it…

Submitting Your Love

It was a typical Wednesday night. I attended the Outwrite staff meeting, discussed my article, and then the staff dispersed to walk back to their apartment, grab food at Bcaf, study at the library, or pump some iron at the…

Book Review: 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Let me start off by being quite blunt–I loved the 50 shades books. I thought it was refreshing to read a book that was open and honest about sex, intriguing that marriage and committment were depicted as an extension of…

Viral on Twitter, But are the Polls Immune? A Response to Obama’s Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage

On May 9th, 2012, President Obama made history. Or at the very least–he made Twitter history. In the first few hours after his statement of personal support for same-sex marriage, Obama’s official same-sex marriage endorsement tweet, which read “Same-sex couples should be able to get married” was retweeted a whopping 50,000 times! To get some perspective on this number, it is approximately half as many tweets as the number banked by the most retweeted post of all time: a promotional tweet by the esteemed Wendy’s restaurant in June of last year.

Gender Expression in the EDM Community

The lights are pulsating, the bass is turned way up, and everyone around me is wearing arms full of beads and not much else. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’ve obviously never been to a rave.

Queer Pets: A Love Story

They are ‘making it work’ in a 2×4 foot enclosure in a drafty corner of a college apartment, with only shards of alfalfa and some stale pellets to eat, and a very full litter box, but love conquers all….

Rugburn

i can recall

the feeling of the carpet

under my boots

rooted to the ground

when you approached me

your eyes burning

and your gaze piercing

TranSpoken Word: The Quiet Struggle Expressed

The hum of voices in the crowded and softly lit Hedrick Fireside Lounge slowly faded out when the first performer tapped on the mic. Sitting in the back, I could see the audience seated in a semi-circle, leaning forward as…