Friday News Bites: LGBTQ Progress, Gun Violence + More

Hello, everyone! I’m back after a month off and I’ve got a mostly good news roundup to ease us into our first October weekend. Let’s get right to it:

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Friday News Bites: Policy Changes, YouTube Chicanery + More

From college funding to anti-discrimination to my using a weird word in a headline — it’s time for another sampler platter of news stories to see you into the weekend.

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On DOMA, Prop 8, and the Voting Rights Amendment

Law and politics have always intrigued me. When I was 8, I wanted to be a lawyer and a politician. I devoured any book about politics or legal matters that I could. I loved reading about Thomas Jefferson especially. His take on American Politics in the early days was something with which I enthusiastically agreed. It’s the whole, “I am a farm girl at heart,” and he was always talking about embracing the farmers as the backbone of society. Jefferson embraced rural middle and poor people more than many of the earlier presidents and set the tone for the modern-day Democratic Party.

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Why Pride Matters

Every year, an article comes out from a queer person bemoaning that Pride is nothing but problematic for the queer community now. I can understand some of the sentiment like the big Pride parades are all corporate tools for marketing; that gay inc is selling us out to the highest bidder. This may be true but it doesn’t matter as much as getting together with your friends and having a wonderful time does. Having fun is only part of the story though. To me, Pride is about us living our lives to the fullest and being fully realized people. As a transperson, this means being out and proud about my past, my present, and my future. Read More Why Pride Matters