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Queer Shows Coming Out in 2023

Lauren Bell

Are you, like me, still mourning the cancellation of your favorite tv show featuring queer characters? Last year we saw the end of numerous shows that highlighted diverse and inclusive casts, such as The Wilds, Gentleman Jack, Dead End: Paranormal Park, and Warrior Nun, to name a few. This trend of canceling TV shows that feature openly queer characters is, unfortunately, not a new phenomenon. If they aren’t “burying the gays” in the show, then chances are good they’ll just outright kill...

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Take Me Out on Broadway

Lauren Bell

Last month, I was lucky enough to have seen Take Me Out on Broadway, a play set in 2002 and focusing on the fictional major league baseball team “The Empires.” When the star player of the team Darren Lemming, played by Grey’s Anatomy actor (or Detroit Becomes Human actor for my fellow gamers) Jesse Williams, comes out as gay, he is faced with what it means to be vulnerable and open in an environment filled with toxic masculinity. While he has a few friends on the...

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Rereads for the New Year

Lauren Bell

Somehow we’re at the end of 2022?? Not sure how we ended up here with the new year fast approaching, but we’re here nonetheless. People all over the world, myself included, are setting New Year’s resolutions for themselves - and maybe this year will be the year I actually stick to it! In 2023, the biggest goal I have for myself is to read more. As I’m sure is the case with many of us, my To Be Read pile is constantly growing and I’ve found myself lacking the energy needed to start a new book a lot...

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The Respect for Marriage Act

Lauren Bell

Last week, President Biden signed into law the Respect for Marriage Act, ensuring that the basic rights of same-sex and interracial marriage can never be taken from us. 

I remember the day that same-sex marriage was legalized in North Carolina, about seven or so months before it was legalized nationwide. I feel very fortunate that I grew up in a safe and inclusive household that taught me from a young age to love and accept everyone. That day in October, my family celebrated the major victory for our southern...

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FIFA World Cup

Lauren Bell human rights protest Soccer World Cup

The FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been marred with one controversy after another, and I’m not just talking about Messi not receiving a yellow card for his handball in the game against the Netherlands on Friday (it’s fine, I’m totally over it). Ever since FIFA announced that Qatar would be the host of this year’s tournament, a dark cloud has surrounded these games. From migrant deaths in the building of the infrastructure required to host the tournament, to the suppression of political dissidence, to the silencing of free speech, we have seen human rights be quashed time...

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