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Cutline: A progress pride flag flies outside the Holmes Student Center in November 2020. NIU was ranked #1 as the best LGBTQ+ campus in Illinois from (Northern Star File Photo)

NIU ranked No. 1 campus for LGBTQ+ students in Illinois

By Alyssa Berry, News Reporter | September 4, 2023

DeKALB – Students looking for a safe and welcoming environment need not look any further as NIU was ranked as the #1 campus in Illinois for LGBTQ+ students by is an educational resource for college students that...

Trevon Smith (right), president of Prism and senior women, gender and sexuality major, being awarded the Howard and Mellie Eychaner Award by Molly Holmes (left), Director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. (Caleb Johnson | Northern Star)

27th Annual Pride Awards recognizes diversity

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | April 30, 2023

DeKALB – Colorful lights shined and the sound of applause filled the air as students and faculty gathered in celebration for the 27th Annual NIU LGBTQ+ Pride Awards.  The award ceremony takes place every year to honor the accomplishments of students...

A stack of banned and LGBTQ+ themed books sit atop each other. Books such as these were discussed in a lecture about LGBTQ+ inclusion in curriculum. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Lecture: Our curriculum needs queer literature

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | April 12, 2023

The intersections of sexuality, schooling and young adult literature is a high debate in the United States right now. On Thursday, Corrine Wickens, professor of literacy education, delivered an enriching presentation on her research in that topic.  The...

Drag performer Angelica Diamond performing in an outfit inspired by “The Little Mermaid” Thursday evening in the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center. NIU’s campus and the surrounding community are no stranger to drag performances, with shows being hosted on campus by various groups such as the Campus Activities Board (CAB), the Gender-Sexualities Alliance (GSA) and at local restaurants and venues. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

Editorial: Drag is an art, not a crime

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 26, 2023

On July 1, some of the country’s most thinly veiled anti-transgender legislation will take effect in Tennessee.  This amendment to Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 7-51-1401, criminalizes “performance in a location other than an adult cabaret...

NIU makes lists for best safe space for LGBTQ+ students.

NIU makes Campus Pride list of best colleges for LGBTQ+ students

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | August 31, 2022

Over the past couple of years, there has been an emphasis on creating a better environment and experience for LGBTQ+ college students. Campus Pride recently came out with a list of the best colleges for LGBTQ+ students and NIU made the list.  Campus...

LGBTQ + Flag for the rights of pride and sexuality

Campus Pride Index recognizes NIU for being LGBTQ friendly

By Elisa Reamer | March 3, 2022
NIU received a five out of five score on the Campus Pride Index scale. The university was recognized for being a safe and inclusive campus.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at a Holi Party in 2020 in Mumbai. They announced on their Instagram pages on 21 January 2022 that they had welcomed their first baby, born via surrogacy.

Surrogacy is a necessary option for couples

By Ally Formeller | February 6, 2022
We should celebrate the new life that surrogacy allows couples to experience. 
A first-hand account of ... taking Women and Gender Studies courses

A first-hand account of … taking Women and Gender Studies courses

By Kennedy Jones | November 14, 2019

I began taking Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies courses my sophomore year at NIU with LGBT Studies. The original idea behind taking the course was to complete a general education requirement. However, I got more out of the class than just an easy...

NIU President Lisa Freeman was in attendance Friday during the 25th Annual Pride Dinner in the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall. 

Annual Pride Dinner honors and awards LGBTQ+ advocates

By Kierra Frazier | April 14, 2019

NIU President Lisa Freeman was in attendance Friday during the 25th Annual Pride Dinner in the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall.


Transgender rights should not be erased

By Lisa Lillianstrom | November 7, 2018

The Trump administration has announced on Oct. 22 that they are looking to rollback an Obama administration decision and define gender as a biological immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, and this announcement is cause for alarm among...

Disney adds more depth to characters

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 23, 2017

Disney’s inclusion of gay characters in its live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” should serve as an example to all producers of entertainment.The Editorial Board applauds Disney’s representation of LeFou as an average supporting role rather...

Fill in the blank: The proposed First Amendment Defense Act _____.

By Perspective Staff | February 27, 2017

...combines church and state.Maritza Huerta | ColumnistThis bill protects religious groups and individuals who believe the sanctity of marriage remains solely between men and women, according to a Feb. 3 PBS article. The article also states that it’s...