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Here’s everything your sex ed class didn’t cover

Here’s everything your sex ed class didn’t cover

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief April 3, 2021

Well over half -- 65% -- of Americans have their first sexual encounter by the age of 18, according to reproductive rights group Guttmacher Institute. But in a country where high school sexual education...

Rylan Allen (top right) is running for SGA President with vice presidential candidate Natalie Yaeger (top left). Ashton Bearden (bottom right) is running for SGA President with vice presidential candidate Caleb Mills (bottom left). Photos provided by the Allen/Yaeger and Bearden/Mills campaigns.

SGA Presidential Debate: A guide to candidates’ responses

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor March 29, 2021

Note: SGA Vice Presidential Candidate Natalie Yaeger is employed by The Cluster as the Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer. This does not contribute to or impact our coverage of her relating to the race. As...

OPINION: Women’s History Month centers cisgender, heterosexual women. That’s a problem

OPINION: Women’s History Month centers cisgender, heterosexual women. That’s a problem

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief March 13, 2021

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. From Susan B. Anthony to Hillary Clinton, most so-called heroes of Women’s History...

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OPINION: The ‘Save Girls’ Sports Act’ is an attack on women’s rights disguised as empowerment

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief March 12, 2021

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. On March 3, as Women’s History Month began, the Higher Education Committee of...

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Five scholarships for LGBTQIA+ students

Mandi DeLong, Campus Life Correspondent March 8, 2021

There are a wide range of scholarships available for numerous different categories, including university, field of study or demographic. For students who belong to the LGBTQIA+ community, here are five...

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Review: Ubisoft ends 2020 with three games that challenge dominant notions of gender and sexuality

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief January 31, 2021
Major video game publisher Ubisoft ended 2020 with three games that challenge the gaming industry’s dominant narratives surrounding gender and sexuality, which was a refreshing—though imperfect—reminder of the industry’s progress.
One way to combat the damage inflicted upon the trans community through negative media portrayals is by celebrating and supporting trans creators.

Transgender creatives to put on your radar

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor November 5, 2020
One way to combat the damage inflicted upon the trans community through negative media portrayals is by celebrating and supporting trans creators. The figures below are not only reshaping how trans people are perceived by society at large but also making waves in their respective artistic fields. 
Friends play a card game in the freshman dorm Legacy Hall.

First-time student voters consider critical issues in 2020 presidential election

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief October 19, 2020
Students who will cast their first presidential vote next month told The Cluster what issues matter most to them as they weigh their options.
“Disclosure” is essentially a reel of transgender film history supplemented with commentary by contemporary trans film industry workers like Laverne Cox, Sandra Caldwell, Lilly Wachowski and Yance Ford.

Review: “Disclosure” documentary critically examines transgender representation in the media

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor August 22, 2020
“Disclosure” ultimately seeks to challenge trans representation by presenting harmful depictions alongside successful trans stars in the pursuit of awareness and positive change. 
LGBT musicians you should check out

LGBT musicians you should check out

Ivy Marie Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer April 28, 2020
I’ve gathered some of my favorite LGBT musicians who are just as deserving of shower concerts and playlists for your crush.
LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately made targets of bullying and violence.

Bullying persists beyond school walls for Georgia’s bisexual students, but times are changing

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor March 25, 2020
A Pew Research Center study found that 30% of bisexuals were subjected to slurs or jokes, while 31% were rejected by a friend or family member due to their sexuality.
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One year, two countries: Bri Levin’s cultural exchange in Japan and Morocco

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer September 26, 2019
Levin found that living in two countries for the year meant adjusting to two different cultures. Here's what she learned from a year abroad.
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