New Hampshire bans identity discrimination

New Hampshire signed two pieces of legislation in late 2018 that protects the LGBT community from discrimination in the midst of Pride celebrations.  19 years ago, the month of June was declared Gay and Lesbian Pride Month by then-president Bill Clinton. Nine years later, Obama took a second step in naming the month of June…

How Baltimore Celebrates Pride Month in 2019

Citizens of Baltimore celebrate Pride Month in June of 2019. When Mimi Demissew joined the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore, now known as the Pride Center of Baltimore, in 2017, she immediately felt that something needed to be changed. She saw a fractured organization that had little attendance, and had the urge to…

Pride takes over Washington D.C.

The month of June has called the gay community into the streets of Washington D.C. to celebrate and bring awareness to gay pride. Supporters crowd the streets dressed in rainbows, expressing their love for pride. The tradition of pride events in Washington, D.C., began around the mid 1970s when a group of activists came together…

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Climate change ‘urgent’ issue for Gen Z voters in 2020

Generation Z–those born between 1997 and 2012–voters interviewed this month in Washington, D.C. said climate change is the single biggest issue that will decide their votes in the 2020 election. The older members of Generation Z cast 4.5 million ballots in the 2018 midterm election, representing 4% of all votes, according to the Pew Research Center.…

Advocate: College admissions scandal will set back progress for students who use accommodations

The 2019 college admissions scandal has reinforced feelings of unfairness towards accommodations received by students with learning disabilities, and is likely to make it more difficult for students to receive the help they need, according to a member of the board of the Learning Disability Association of New York. As a learning disability activist, Kathryn…

As students face more active shooter drills, anxiety on the rise

Students interviewed this month in Washington, D.C. said they are frustrated and anxious about the almost daily occurrence of active shooter drills, which have been on the rise at public schools over the last two decades. Meanwhile, researchers are divided over whether the drills actually add to teenagers’ anxiety or are needed to help students…

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No fare hikes this year for Metro but affordability an issue for some

Metro commuters from Maryland to Virginia will be affected by scheduled track maintenance and station renovations, and while they saw no fare increases this year, several said it’s still too expensive and doesn’t take them where they need to go. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the agency that oversees Metro, is spending $1.5 billion on renovations…

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Study abroad more affordable than many think

College students at American University in Washington, D.C. agreed that the study abroad process on their campus is affordable and accessible. Study abroad programs offer students the opportunity to travel the world and engage in unique experiences while enrolled in school. American University has one of the most robust study abroad programs in the country. Sara…