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Marginalized communities continue to be victims of fetish culture. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

A fetish is not an excuse to sexualize LGBTQ people

Melissa Joseph // September 13, 2019

When a person's sexual identity and gender fluidity are used as the determining factor for another's sexual gratification, the LGBTQ+ community becomes increasingly vulnerable to harassment and exploitation.Unlike...

All the food served the Sunday Brunch was catered and donated by Leon Bistro. Photo credit: Angel Ortega

Community brunch held as Chico Pride week concludes

Angel Ortega // August 27, 2019

Chico Pride Week ended with a brunch held at One Mile Recreation Area, hosted by The Stonewall Alliance of Chico on Sunday. Chico Pride began on August 22 and lasted four days this year. Event organizer...

Festivalgoers attend the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

Don’t be fooled, Coachella is no paradise

Rayanne Painter // April 28, 2019

Thousands of people just spent thousands of dollars to sweat in the California desert. Yes, I’m serious.But, that’s only the tip of the iceberg (or, the sand dune) when it comes to the monstrosity...

Kehlani is an open bisexual artist. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Refinery29)

Playlist: 11 songs from talented LGBTQ+ musicians

Rayanne Painter // April 2, 2019

As a queer woman, I often relate more to music made by queer artists.I jam out to many songs made by folks outside of the LGBTQ+ community as well, but these songs and artists hold a special place in my...

Cast Members of the Vigina Monologues sitting down while on stage. Photo credit: Rayanne Painter

‘The Vagina Monologues’ spreads crucial messages about womanhood

Rayanne Painter // February 18, 2019

There are few shows presented at Chico State that begin with cast members encouraging the audience to shout synonyms of “vagina” at the start of each performance.The Gender and Sexuality Equity...

Photo credit: Diego Ramirez

Voting is crucial for this upcoming election

Rayanne Painter // November 5, 2018

Nov. 6 is coming, and as people residing in the U.S, we all have important decisions to make.It’s no secret that politics are a headache, inducing, confusing and sometimes manipulative, during this...

Getty Images photo by FG Trade.

Bisexual people deserve respect and validation

Rayanne Painter // October 29, 2018

I’m attracted to people regardless of their gender. But no, I don’t want to be in your threesome and I’m certainly not confused about my sexuality.While being heterosexual is the all-time...

Getty Images photo by Elke Meitzel.

Blood donors wanted: unless you’re gay

Rayanne Painter // October 21, 2018

When entering the American Red Cross website, a red banner pops up on the top of the screen: Critical Need for Blood and Platelets.Unfortunately for the Red Cross and those who benefit from their donations,...

A Coming Out party was held in the Hub. Photo credit: Alex Coba

Chico State Pride hosts Coming Out dance party

Alex Coba // October 12, 2018

The lights were strobing, balloons were bouncing and people were busting a move to the likes of Lady Gaga and Madonna, all to celebrate a very important moment in an LGBTQ+ member's life.As part of Queer...

Francisco Reyes and Daniela Vega star in

‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a brilliant foreign film

Angel Ortega // April 6, 2018

Landmark Chilean film "A Fantastic Woman" brings a refreshing look at romantic dramas. Marina Vidal (Daniela Vega), a transgender woman, is a singer and waitress who has recently moved in with her partner,...

The BMU welcomed visitors to the queer conference Sunday. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Gender and Sexuality Equity Center holds 10th Annual Queer Conference

Natalie Hanson // December 4, 2017

This year's Queer Conference, Re-Envisioning the Rainbow, was held in the Bell Memorial Union Sunday.The conference brings together educators, activists, students and community members from around the...

Trans conference spurs political discussion

Michael Fritz // April 4, 2017

"The personal was political" at the 4th Annual Trans Conference held at Chico State on March 26. Attendees and panel members discussed trans rights topics such as health care access, education and the...

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