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NIU has been named an LGBT friendly school in recent years.

NIU continues to foster safety for LGBTQ students

By Evan Mellon, News Reporter | September 21, 2022

As visibility of the LGBTQ  community has risen over the years, the concern of the wellbeing of LGBTQ students in universities has become an ongoing discussion. NIU was given a 5 out of 5 on the Campus Pride Index, a measurement and evaluation of a university’s...

Law requires LGBTQ+ history to be taught before high school

By Sam Malone | January 22, 2020

DeKALB — A turbulent time in American history, the 1950s were shrouded in pure terror. People lost jobs. People lost family. This shade of fear was not just the red of McCarthyism but lavender as well. Commonly taught in schools, the Red Scare looms...

Johansson incites casting outrage

By Ginger Simons | July 9, 2018

Actress Scarlett Johansson drew criticism from LGBTQ+ rights activists this week for accepting to play the role of a transgender man in the recently announced film “Rub & Tug.” The character is based on the real life massage parlor owner Dante...

Condon recreates a classic ‘Beauty’

By Tatianna Salisbury | March 23, 2017

Staying true to the classic lyrics, the re-imagining of “Beauty and the Beast” has something that wasn’t there before. The film is destined for box office glory, giving audiences what they have anxiously waited for since the film’s announcement...

Question ‘gender boxes,’ masculinity

By Ryan Lee | September 24, 2014

A lack of masculine discourse is being discussed at NIU due to the efforts of the renamed Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.Combining the Women’s Resource Center and the LGBT Resource Center into one facility, the centers were merged to make one...

Centers team up to be more inclusive

By Keith Hernandez | June 15, 2014

The LGBT and Women’s Resource Centers officially united June 5 under a single name and mission in the final step of a merging process which began in September.The centers will now be known as the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and will operate...

Speaker talks Beyonce’s influence

By Keith Hernandez | March 6, 2014

Students and faculty discussed Beyonce Knowles-Carter’s image as a self-proclaimed modern-day feminist Wednesday in the Student Holmes Center Sky Room.Carrie Williams, assistant director of the LGBT and Women’s Resource Center, coordinated and hosted...

Women’s history month kicks off

By Northern Star Staff | March 2, 2014

Women’s History Month events kick off Tuesday in the Holmes Student Center.Shifting Fault(lines) & Negotiating Pathways: The Challenges & Opportunities in Constructing Cross-Racial Women’s Alliances will be held noon Tuesday in the Illinois...

Awards recognize LGBT allies

Awards recognize LGBT allies

By Kelley Byrne | February 26, 2014

Students may nominate staff, faculty or students for the 10th annual Ally Awards through the LGBT and Women’s Resource Center website up until 4:30 p.m. Friday.The LGBT and Women’s Resource Center will host the Ally Awards to recognize allies of the...

Centers expose ‘down-low’ culture

By Carlos Galvez | February 25, 2014

The LGBT and Women’s Resource Center hosted The Down Low Dirty Shame, an event meant to educate students on black men’s sexual relationships with other men, Monday night.Samantha Newman, graduate assistant for the LGBT and Women’s Resource Center,...

Students learn interview apparel

By Carlos Galvez | February 13, 2014

From bow ties to blazers, students learned how to dress for success from LGBT and Women’s Resource Center volunteers.A Dress for Success presentation Wednesday taught attendees how to dress appropriately for job interviews.This semester, the LGBT and...

Holiday event spreads joy to children, parents

By Jeanette Fritz | November 24, 2013

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year because it’s all about spending time with those you love and spreading a little cheer along the way.For some lucky kids, the holidays came early thanks to an event hosted by the College Parents Group.The...