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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 30, 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 18, 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 21, 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.
Tangerine Summers comes down from the stage to interact with the audience at last year's Common Ground drag performance.

Calling all drag queens for 3rd Annual Common Ground Drag Show

Mary Helene Hall, Staff Reporter February 25, 2020
Common Ground has opened a call for Mercer students to serve as volunteers or performers. Everyone is welcome, especially first-timers.
Mercer's Baptist Collegiate Ministries chapter meets in Newton Chapel Thursdays at 8 p.m.

‘Just as strong as it was before:’ Mercer’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries chapter continues after losing minister to budget cuts

Lisa Meskimen, Staff Writer October 10, 2019
Due to budget cuts and restructuring in the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, BCM’s minister Chris Fuller was laid off in the spring of 2019. Now, the student organization is adjusting to the changes with the help of their leadership and volunteers. 
Jenny Wright (left) and Courtney Britt (right) stand for a moment of silent reflection during Lights for Liberty, a candlelit vigil protesting the conditions of migrant detention centers.

Here’s what you missed in Macon this summer

Marianna Bacallao, Editor-in-Chief August 15, 2019
This summer, Macon joined several nationwide movements and welcomed a new business on Pio Nono Avenue. Here's what you missed while you were away.
Tangerine Summers lip syncs to Vogue by Madonna.

Common Ground hosts drag show on Mercer’s campus for the first time

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer and Advertising Manager April 9, 2019
Several student organizations brought a drag show to campus on March 30. Common Ground, Campus Life, Project Equality and the Mercer University School of Medicine’s Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) teamed up for the show, said McPherson Newell, president of Common Ground. “The second annual Mercer University drag show featured an educational panel about the history of drag and its role in the LGBTQ+ community, five performances by Mercer students and two performances by Tangerine Summers, a legendary drag queen from Macon,” Newell said.
Common Ground Member Jessica Smith as her persona Bubble Yum during a drag show hosted by the Mercer Med School GSA and Common Ground.  Photo by Aliyah Dorsey.

How to Get Involved With Mercer’s LGBTQ Community

Aliyah Dorsey August 15, 2018

One way to get involved with Mercer’s LGBTQ community is through Mercer’s gay/straight alliance Common Ground. The club is an activism group for LGBTQ students on Mercer’s campus as well as a...

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