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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.
J.K. Rowlings history of controversial tweets has led Harry Potter fans questioning the franchise.

Art should be separated from the artist

By Parker Otto | January 10, 2022
J.K. Rowling may be one of the defining authors of my childhood, but I detest the comments she has made invalidating transgender people. But why should art suffer? It’s still the same art, after all, and as long as it doesn’t contain anything that condones the actions of the artist, I see no reason why this art shouldn’t be celebrated.
Books are a valuable asset to our culture.

Public schools must extinguish book burning

By Parker Otto | January 5, 2022
You are not trying to protect your children, you are trying to take away knowledge and art and, in the process, discriminate against literature that shows the experiences of minorities. If anything, banning these books will only make young people more desperate to seek them out. 
Miss Universe Pageant makes history with first transgender contestant

Miss Universe Pageant makes history with first transgender contestant

By Alana Peoples | December 27, 2018

On Dec. 16 history was made when Angela Ponce made her debut to represent as Miss Spain in Miss Universe 2018 as the first transgender woman to participate.   Although she did not win the title, Ponce is the first transgender woman to have competed...

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...

Students fear Trump’s LGBTQ policy

Students fear Trump’s LGBTQ policy

By Associated Press | February 16, 2017

President Donald Trump waves during a campaign stop at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Fla. Nov. 3. Hundreds of parents across the country have called on President Donald Trump to embrace Obama-era protections for transgender students that call for letting them use school bathrooms in accordance with their gender identity. During the election campaign Trump said that transgender students can use the bathroom they like.

LGBTQ student attributes bullying to election

By Sam Malone | November 28, 2016

DeKALB | On Nov. 9, the day after the presidential election, a senior transgender student was threatened by two boys who pretended to point a gun at him on his way home from class.After the incident, Sam, who didn’t want to disclose his last name and...

Editorial: Self-ie-Perspective good for NIU

By Northern Star Editorial Board | March 2, 2014

The NIU Self-ie-Perspective Facebook event, which had more than 350 posts to the wall by the organizers’ Friday deadline, has had a remarkable effect on the student body.Zachery Cramer, freshman business management major, and sophomore psychology major...

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...

Mara Keisling, Executive Director of The National Center for Transgender Equality, speaks on the issue of equality for transgenders and the LGBT community on Tuesday in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Topics included homelessness, violence, employment, healthcare and marriage in the LGBT community.

Guest speaker addresses transgender equality

By Rachel Scaman | April 23, 2013

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, spoke about advancing equality for transgender individuals Tuesday in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. The event began at 7 p.m. Keisling said she has influenced many people...

Unisex bathrooms are needed in an evolving society

By Hayley Devitt | April 9, 2013

Last week, when I was asking around for “NIU First-World Problems,” someone whose name I didn’t catch offered me what I considered a “Real NIU Problem:” A young transgender man said our campus needs unisex bathrooms. For those who do not know,...

Trans health is important to all

By Hayley Devitt | September 12, 2012

More and more employers today are expanding company health insurance benefits to include services for transgender workers. Although the American Medical Association does recommend this, not all companies are on board yet. “Transgender” is an adjective...