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…

Spotlight on UCLA: The Williams Institute

Despite its compelling message, I feel that our queer generation has forgotten this message and instead succumbed to believing the stereotype that gay people are only in WeHo, San Francisco, and similar explicitly gay-friendly urban areas. The Williams Institute’s Census Snapshots of the United States and of each individual state reveal that there is much truth behind “we are everywhere” and that same-sex couples truly do reside in nearly every pocket of the country.

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.

Glee’s Problematic Representation of Bisexuality and Why Brittany’s “Bicorn” Comment Doesn’t Fix It

Whether you’ve caught every episode that has ever aired or just caught a few of the songs blasting out of your obnoxious roommate’s headphones (who downloads every single song and refuses to keep the volume at any lower than ninety), it is remarkably unlikely that there are many people in America who have not interacted with TV’s “Glee” in some way.

An Interview with Brad Goreski

Last monday the Campus Events Commission held an event for celebrity stylist and reality TV star Brad Goreski, to discuss his career in fashion and his new book Born to be Brad. I got to go behind the scenes and…

Ally Week Update

The second annual Ally Week began this year with a presentation on athlete allyship by Hudson Taylor, a wrestling coach at Columbia University.  Though raised in a staunchly religious household, Taylor’s experiences in college shifted his perspectives on the LGBT…

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.

Movie Review: Lorax

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Ga(y)mers: A Queer Look at the State of the Gaming Industry

I like my videogames, but I would like them a lot more if they would stop being so blatantly homophobic and heteronormative.

Silence = Death: Lessons in AIDS Activism

Over on Bruinwalk on a cold February day, at least three fundraisers are taking place. Most are for Dance Marathon, an event that enlists thousands of students to raise money to fight pediatric AIDS. They’re wearing colorful shirts and sporting…