LGBTQ+ Rights in the USA

For the past few years, every June, the Internet runs rampant with the colors of the rainbow to celebrate Pride Month. Companies from all over the USA rebrand their logos, painting them the color of the pride flag. However, while the Internet may seem to portray such a colorful acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community, homophobia still runs deep within the country.

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This gif shows the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, asexual, agender, nonbinary, intersex, and aromantic flags.

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states. However, less than a year later, the deadliest mass shooting in the US occurred. Pulse, a gay nightclub located in Orlando, Florida, was targeted by a security guard, who took the life of 49 people and injured 53. LGBTQ+ hate crimes have risen since 2014. Nearly 1 in 5 hate crimes are motivated by anti-LGBTQ bias, according to an NBC News article. Why is it, that after such a long time since same-sex marriage has been legalized, that hate crime towards LGBTQ is still rising? To answer that question: miseducation.

Several hate groups in the US have formed, such as the Westboro Baptist Church. The Westboro Baptist Church is well known for its flagrant hate speech, not just towards LGBTQ+ people, but towards other minority groups as well. Church members carry signs in their frequent protests, with phrases such as “YOU’RE GOING TO HELL”, “SAME-SEX MARRIAGE DOOMS NATIONS”, and “NOT ADAM & STEVE”. Hate groups such as these have formed all across America, spreading misinformation towards the uninformed. This leads to hate crime, such as LGBTQ+ people being jumped in the streets, bullying in school, and abuse at home.

In contrast, LGBTQ+ people around the country have planned pride parades, attended by members of the gay community, allies, and those who wish to learn. In June of 2019, a friend of mine attended the Chicago Pride Parade, and was kind enough to send me a few pictures she took so that I could edit it, one of which is the featured image of this post.

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Pride parades cause no harm to others, spreading awareness and happiness, whereas protests cause deaths, injuries, and misinformation. While progress has been made, proper education about the LGBTQ+ community in the US is still needed, as can be seen by the protests held by hate groups. In many schools in the US, GSA clubs, or Gender-Sexuality clubs, have risen up to spread knowledge about the community. Implementation of clubs like these help spread awareness about the importance of pride parades, as well as the importance of LGBTQ+ rights in the USA.

It’s all about the curves 😉

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As my free trial of Photoshop expired right after the last project, I switched to gimp. That is not at all, a reasonable excuse to stop creating another email and signing up for another trial; I encountered the “FOSS” philosophy, also known as “Free and open source software,” at a linux forum. It did not so sound convincing to switch over to gimp, but the fact still remains that there are people out there, developing ‘FOSS’ everyday for the good of everyone. Gimp is one of them: I did little research and was able to achieve these results. Continue reading

No, I don’t have twin sisters.

These pictures were taken last December when I went on a trip with my close friends to Bagan. I’ve always wanted to capture different moments in one picture, but it was somehow onerous. But thanks to Gimp, I have successfully juxtaposed my different selves in one place. As you can see, I’m making three different postures and facial expressions in each part.

Gimp was hard to use until I finally found out how everything works. I’m definitely sure I’ll be continuously using this program in the future!

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Website Design -Grades 10 and 11

Over the past few weeks, students have been working on creating high quality web content, learning about site navigation and user-friendly features, and creating and curating the best original visual content for their own personal websites. Students are using the free website builder Wix and will be able to add to and enhance their websites moving forward.

Come see what we are up to by clicking the students’ links:

Mary -Grade 11
Website:
https://yunsulin.wixsite.com/marylin

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More student work this way…

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