Daniel Salas-Escabillas (he/they)
COVID-19 pretty much hit the world all at once, and when it did, all in-person meetings pretty much ended. Finding someone to share your life with is already a difficult task when there isn't a pandemic; now, with the coronavirus, it is even harder! The Michigan Gayly is here to help with those troubles. With Valentine’s Day coming near, you need ideas for dating and spending some time with the ones you love!
Dyanna Bateman (she/her) // Graphic Design Editor
After four years of increased anti-LGBTQ+ policies being passed under the Trump administration, 2020 had something positive to offer with the largest number of LGBTQ+ candidates ever to appear on ballots in a single year. Of these 570 candidates, over 160 of them secured their office and many made history while doing it. This list is a compilation of LGBTQ+ office holders that are setting new precedents by being one of the firsts in their districts.
Shoshana Weinstein (she/her) // Editor-in-Chief
On Thursday, October 1, students at the University of Michigan gathered for OUTx, a presentation of students’ coming out stories sponsored by the Ross School of Business. The event was part of Ross Coming Out Week, which spanned from September 28 to October 2, in anticipation of National Coming Out Day on October 11. The week was jam packed with activities, but the OUTx event stood out as a truly fantastic example of LGBTQ+ community and creativity on campus.
In early January of the new decade, two ambitious students embarked on a journey that would hopefully change this campus forever. We, Tyler Kramer (2022) and Conner Chinavare (2023), decided that they would start the University of Michigan’s first gay fraternity. We both wanted a place in Greek life where we (and others like us) felt welcome and safe, and we believed this to be the best way. Although the group is still in its beginning interest group phase, we hope to achieve the title of Provisional Chapter by April 2020.
2/17/2020 0 Comments
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Even on a LGBTQ+ friendly campus in Ann Arbor that has many queer students and some gay organizations, there’s nothing quite like being in a building with hundreds of queer students from all over the Midwest and beyond. MBLGTACC is the annual student-run Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Ally College Conference hosted at various colleges around the Midwest. I attended MBLGTACC 2020 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI with the Spectrum Center and a group of 15 other delegates. Conferences are exciting, and I highly recommend MBLGTACC as means to educate yourself about queer communities that you are not a part of and to connect with those that share some or all of your identities, but I think it is important to discuss mental health and accessibility while in a conference and/or queer conference environment.
2/15/2020 1 Comment
Changing one’s sex marker on a driver’s license once involved hours of legal research, doctor’s appointments, paperwork, and the humiliating experience of working with often judgmental government officials. Now, these struggles been significantly alleviated with a new Michigan law. This new legislation enables residents to change one’s sex marker on a driver’s license with a single form and all of nine dollars. In an exciting development for the transgender community, Michigan residents can now update their sex marker at the Secretary of State with comparative ease.
2/15/2020 0 Comments
On December 10, in the basement of the Duderstadt Library, the College of Engineering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board hosted EnginTalks: Gender Identity Monologues. The event featured four monologues focused on aspects of gender identity from both students and professors interspersed in a presentation by Spectrum Center president Will Sherry.