Queer 101: LGBTQ+ History Month

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Hello again, Kenyon. Long time no see. It’s Queer 101, back and better than ever! Buckle up and break out your notebooks because you’re about to hear some exciting news. This month, here at Kenyon and everywhere, is LGBTQ+ History Month! Wheee! We already know that October is gay because of Halloween, but it’s also our time to celebrate queer history with our community and allies. In case you’ve been missing all of ODEI’s posters, or are having trouble reading the tiny print, the queer slice of the Kenyon Thrill is here to provide you with the who, what, when and where of LGBTQ+ History Month at Kenyon.

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Queer 101: Deb Ball 2017

Queer 101: Deb Ball 2017

Cw: Discussions of transphobia

Hey, Kenyon. I haven’t done one of these in a while but I feel like this Saturday is bringing about a topic we very much need to discuss on this campus. Namely, respecting trans and gender non-conforming students by being active and responsible allies instead of passive ones. The most important thing to remember in reading this article, whether you’re a fan of Deb Ball or not, is that allyship takes work. Allyship can be challenging. When your views and opinions are being challenged by a minority group who just wants you to hear them out, instead of shutting down and becoming defensive, you should listen. Our pain doesn’t come from sensitivity— it comes from history. It comes from real, tangible experiences and emotions. Your actions, even in the Kenyon bubble, do not occur in a vacuum. You are responsible for what you choose to pay attention to and what you choose to ignore. With that being said, I, as an openly nonbinary and queer student of Kenyon College, would like to discuss Deb Ball. Thank you in advance for keeping an open mind.

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Adventures in Name-Changing


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Disclaimer: this article assumes some baseline knowledge about trans/genderqueer… stuff. Check out any of the Thrill’s Queer 101 articles if you’re confused.

Hi, Kenyon! My name is Cat March. Did you hear me? No? Then I will say it louder. MY NAME! IS CAT! MARCH! I’m a sophomore English major from Providence, Rhode Island. I’m also genderqueer and have recently started the process of changing my name. Initially, I was going to structure this post like a Queer 101 article, but then I realized it was turning into a personal narrative. I’m beginning to take the first steps in my journey to becoming The Person I Want To Be™ and I’ve always found it therapeutic to scream my experiences into the void, so here we are! My adventures in name-changing! Thanks for bearing with me and I hope this is at least slightly informative for people with questions about gender.

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Queer 101: Information Blast!!!


BOOM! Info blast. ~via MythBusters


BOOM! It’s ▲Queer 101▲ again, back with some info about queer life at Kenyon! Here you’ll find a guide to all the student-run LGBTQIA+ organizations on campus. I’m sure many of you already learned about these clubs at the activities fair, but for those of you who didn’t (or were too overwhelmed by the insanity of a thousand booths and a giant walking puppet to take in any real information), here’s a comprehensive list of said clubs and instructions on how to join them. Enjoy!

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Queer 101: A Lesson in Pronouns

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Hi there, wonderful Kenyon people! It’s time for another ♥Queer 101♥! Yay!!! Today, we’ll be talking about pronouns. What are pronouns? Why are they important? How can we avoid using the incorrect pronouns for our peers? If you don’t know the answer to any of these questions, or are wondering about the proper use of gender pronouns, then this article is for you! We’ll be going over the basics about pronouns and we’ll point you towards helpful resources in case you have any further questions.  Let’s begin with a simple description of why pronouns are so important.

Why Are Pronouns Important?

A person’s physical appearance might not match up with the way you think they identify. Clothes, hair, mannerisms, etc., are not necessarily determining factors for a person’s gender. The use of correct pronouns stops us from misgendering our friends/peers/colleagues. Therefore, it’s crucial to make sure we’re using the right pronouns for our peers.

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