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Dear Straight People

How NOT to Interact With Queer People in Public by Laila Winters Although I don’t suppose this will come as much of a surprise, I’m a homebody. A queer, anxious homebody who does not leave her apartment unless otherwise prompted by an equally as queer fiancée. But on the rare occasion that I do go...

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Recognizing Toxic Family

by Laila Winters When we love someone, especially a member of our family, we frequently turn a blind eye to their faults. We forgive them for their shortcomings and less than stellar behavior, though sometimes, we don’t always realize that we’re doing so at our own expense.  In my previous article, Surviving Toxic Family, I...

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How to Survive a Toxic Family

by Laila Winters When you consider the word toxic, you think of all the things that are harmful to your health or wellbeing. You think air pollution, radiation, or the hazardous chemicals used in cleaning supplies that merit a warning label on the bottle. Things considered toxic are things we take caution to avoid, though...

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Cosplay Culture and Presidential State Dinners: Matsuricon 2018 vs. 2019

by Laila Winters Nestled in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio, the Greater Columbus Convention Center is a massive 1.8 million square foot facility. With its numerous exhibition halls and ballrooms, overhead skywalks to several nearby hotels, and its beautiful water fountains that serve as stellar  backdrops for photoshoots, Columbus’ primary convention center is the...

Columbus Pride Festival: Then vs. Now, In vs. Out of the Closet
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Columbus Pride Festival: Then vs. Now, In vs. Out of the Closet

by Laila Winters Content Warning: homophobia, queer slurs, religion, abortion Despite the rain and the ominous clouds overhead, an explosion of color poured into the streets of downtown Columbus on June 15th, 2019. In a celebration echoed across the world during the month of June, more than 500,000 people marched between Columbus’ towering skyscrapers in...

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Bury The Trope, Not Your Gays

By Laila Winters We’ve all experienced that heart-stopping, gut-wrenching feeling of watching our favorite character be killed off on television. Several weeks following the show’s epic series finale, Game of Thrones fans are still reeling from Daenerys Targaryen’s death after Jon Snow, her lover-turned-nephew, ran her through with his sword. Dany’s death appeared to be...