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Vigil shows ‘trans lives matter’

By Allison Krecek | November 20, 2013

Students used a Wednesday remembrance night to educate others on what it means to be transgender.At the night of remembrance, students were asked to remember transgender people who have died. Participants started with a candlelight vigil and a reading...

Gay marriage: ‘History in the making’

By Matt Carlson | November 6, 2013

LGBT students and their allies are excited at the prospect of same-sex marriage being legalized in Illinois following the Senate and House’s passing of a marriage equality bill.When Gov. Pat Quinn signs the bill, as he has pledged to do, Illinois will...

Drag Show, Vogue Ball allow amateur performers to showcase skills

By KeAndre Worthy | October 21, 2013

Drag performers, professional and amateur, showcased their skills at Friday’s Fall Drag Show and the first annual Vogue Ball.The two events were held at the same time and featured performers showcasing their drag skills as well as letting audience members...

Groups need ‘super-events’

Groups need ‘super-events’

By AJ Edwards | October 15, 2013

Campus organizations and resource centers come together regularly for events and activities, which serve as examples of our great communiversity.While an individual organization’s events are wonderful, the best ones are those where several groups come...

LGBT tailgate may be annual

By James Green | October 13, 2013

After a “successful” tailgate Saturday, the LGBT Resource Center hopes to hold a Homecoming tailgate next year and possibly make it an annual event.Charles Schumann, a member of the Presidential Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,...

Campus chalked with love

Campus chalked with love

By KeAndre Worthy | September 30, 2013

A four-year tradition continued Monday with the LGBT Resource Center and allies chalking in the Martin Luther King Commons.The center chalks the block every year to kick off October, which is LGBTQ History Month.“The goal is to just let everyone know...

LGBT Resource Center sponsors coming out events

By Holly New | October 8, 2012

So, who are you? Thursday is National Coming Out Day (NCOD). On Oct. 11, people who may identify as LGBTQ are invited to “come out of the closet” and tell those around them who they really are. NCOD originates from the March on Washington, D.C., for...

Charles Schumann and Tammy Taylor talk about how the men and women members of the gay community did not get along during their time at NIU during an open discussion with alumni in the Diversions Lounge held by the LGBT resource center Monday evening.

Alumni discuss experiences during LGBTQ panel

By Hailey Kurth | April 9, 2012

Alumni spoke of their experiences before, during, and after attending NIU at the first annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Alumni Panel Monday night. “We wanted current students to have an opportunity to find out what...

NIU Prism, Career Services to hold first LGBTQ alumni panel

NIU Prism, Career Services to hold first LGBTQ alumni panel

By Lauren Dielman | April 8, 2012

Those attending NIU’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Alumni Panel will hear personal stories from when the panelists were students at NIU and what their lives are like now. The panel will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday...

Recipients of the LGBT Resource Center Ally Awards in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center Wednesday afternoon.

Ally Awards recognize LGBT contributions

By Lauren Dielman | April 4, 2012

Students, faculty and staff came together Wednesday to recognize important contributions made to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community as part of the Ally Awards ceremony. The awards were hosted from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Holmes...

Derek Koegel, senior political science major, receives a shirt after taking the NorthernPACT pledge in DuSable Hall Monday afternoon.

Northern PACT promotes open community

By Felix Sarver | February 27, 2012

Open community is the new theme for Northern PACT this year. This week, Northern PACT is reaffirming the pledges students made last semester and inviting students new to the Northern PACT to make pledges this semester. “Since most students sign the...

Sexual orientation still prevents blood donation

By Faith Healy & Ross Hettel | September 19, 2011

With several blood drives planned this month, the issue of banning homosexual men from donating blood will again come to light. For 28 years, according to a New York Times article, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned homosexual men, or "males...