President Obama Appoints Freedman-Gurspan: First Transgender White House Staff Member

KENNETH HOU Staff Writer On Aug. 18, 2015, President Obama appointed the first transgender White House staff member. The White House welcomed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the Outreach and Recruitment Director in the Office of Presidential Personnel. Freedman-Gurspan has had previous experience as the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative Policy Advisor at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). The appointment

» Read more

Church Approval of Same Sex Marriage Advances LGBT Equality

AMBER LI Staff Writer On March 18, the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. recognized gay marriage as part of the Christian constitution. According to Yahoo News, the church became the largest Protestant group to authorize gay weddings, take effective June 21. When a large and influential Christian church accepts same-sex marriage as part of their Christian constitution (the Book of

» Read more

Breaking Free

AMBER LI Staff Writer The LGBT community faces many difficulties in the world of employment. Some employers judge people by their sexual orientation and because of that, deny promotions or higher wages. Those who identify with the community have rough times acquiring jobs and face prejudice in their workplaces. Many have to deal with harassment from consumers and co-workers. It

» Read more

Unity of LGBT History

DEREK WU Staff Writer The LGBT community has been present in many ancient civilizations like Egypt and Greece, however the term LGBT was not in use until the 1990s. The term LGBT had replaced the former term “gay community” because it did not accurately depict the people it represented; a community that consists of, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

» Read more

Working Behind a Mask

ELTON HO Copy Editor Despite a trend of increasing support toward the LGBT community in the U.S. and new anti-discriminatory laws, LGBT people may still struggle to find security in a major facet of everyday life: the workplace. The past few years have seen steady advances in the legal protection of LGBT workers. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act designed to provide

» Read more

A Continued Fight

JADE LIEU Features Editor Today, the community “envisions a society that celebrates diversity, acknowledges the dignity of LGBT people, and embraces full human rights for all people,” according to The Community of LGBT Centers. “In my personal experience, it’s not hard coming out to friends, and even my classmates, [people] usually seem to just be accepting and supportive. [My friends]

» Read more

LGBT Athletes, Rights and Equality on the Rise

ANHAYTE GUAJARDO KAYIU WONG Staff  Writers As the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community grows, athletes from high school to professional leagues have become more comfortable in coming out about their sexuality. The prevalence of openly LGBT athletes has increased over the years and, in turn, a rise in LGBT acceptance is becoming more prominent in the sports world.

» Read more

TKO: The Kevin Opinion — LGBT Community in Athletics, Potential to Pave Path to Future

KEVIN KONG Sports Editor In the past few years, there has been an apparent change in attitude towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, in which being “different” has become more widely accepted. According to a recent ESPN survey, 86 percent of randomly polled National Football League (NFL) players disagreed with the claim that “a player’s sexual orientation

» Read more

Disney Waves the Rainbow Flag at Boy Scouts

CINDY LUO Staff Writer “No freedom till we’re equal,” said not only Macklemore in his song “Same Love,” supporting the LGBT community, but the Walt Disney Company as well when they pulled funding from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) due to its policy of banning gay leaders. According to the Washington Times, instead of providing direct funding to BSA,

» Read more

Developing History Curriculum to Include LGBT Community

ELTON HO REBECCA ZENG Staff Writers Although an estimated 3.8 percent of America’s population is a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, according to the Williams Institute, the prominent roles in U.S. history of these people are almost entirely glossed over in social studies classes across the nation. However, within the next few years, resources related

» Read more