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Facebook naming policy offensive, not safe

By Maria Castellucci

September 22, 2014

“What’s in a name?”The famous line from “Romeo and Juliet” was made relevant once again when Facebook suspended users’ accounts for not using their legal names on their profiles.Several gay and transgender entertainers reported their accounts were suspended for violating Facebook’s policy requiring that users display their legal names on their accounts, according to a Sept. 12 BBC News report. A petition with m...

FDA tissue ban outdated, discriminatory

By Editorial Board

September 2, 2014

An Iowa woman is calling for the Food and Drug Administration to lift its ban on tissue donations from men who have sex with other men (MSM) after her deceased 16-year-old son’s eye and skin donations were denied because he identified as gay and she was unable to answer questions about his sexual history, according to an Aug. 12 Des Moines Register report.The FDA’s ban is a remnant of the 1980s AIDS crisis when little else was known about the disease other than its high incidence and fatality rates among sexually active gay men. Since then, stigmas attached to gayness have lessened and the advent of better HIV detection methods and treatments have rendered the FDA’s policy more bigoted than fact-based. The ban unjustly prevents gay men from making tissue donations and endangers the lives of individuals on donation lists awaiting imperative transplants.While gay and bisexual men accounted for 63 percent of new HIV infections in 2010, the remaining 37 percent can be attributed to other groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FDA’s ban appears to be based on an outdated stereotype that only gay men can contract HIV. Because the FDA did not know the teen’s sexual history, it was assumed his identity as a gay man meant he was sexually active and therefore too great of a risk. This is an unfair assumption that the FDA applies to all gay men and MSMs.The ban seems even less logical considering that organ donations of gay men are accepted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is why the gay teen’s organs were transplanted but not the tissues. The U.S. HHS oversees the donation of organs such as the heart, kidneys and pancreas, according to its website. While organs are considered a life-saving donation and tissues considered a life-enhancing donation, according to the department’s website, all donations should be thoroughly screened for diseases and rejections should be based on medical grounds. It is the FDA’s policy to test all organ and tissue donations, according to the CDC’s website.Criticism of the FDA’s policy surrounding gay individuals shows the medical establishment is moving past the stereotype of HIV being a gay disease, as in 2013 when the American Medical Association voiced disapproval of the FDA’s lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.One tissue donor can enhance the lives of 50 people, according to the U.S. HHS’s website. Banning gay men from donating tissue negatively affects potential tissue recipients and hinders their quality of life.The FDA should consider the changing views of society and adopt a more socially tolerant attitude like other health authorities. It would prevent the FDA from treating gay people as second-class citizens and would provide those who need donations with more choices.

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Cancer genetics software gets update

March 10, 2014

Tumor analysis has become faster and more accurate thanks to new technology that better identifies cancer markers.Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine in Minnesota made improvements to the syst...

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Vending the future

January 27, 2014

At one time, it was a marvel to drop a nickel in a machine and be presented with a cup of steaming hot coffee in a matter of minutes.Now with the convenience of renting a movie from a machine, vending t...

It’s none of your damn business

By Kaley Fowler

January 28, 2013

Jodie Foster’s almost coming out speech during the Jan. 13 Golden Globes left many viewers wishing she hadn’t brought up her romantic inclinations at all. No one would have been surprised if the notoriously secretive actress avoided addressing rumors about her sexual preference that have followed her for decades. Instead, she ambiguously alluded to her sexuality, inciting waves of backlash and confusion, ultimately raising th...

Rainbow ‘Riot’ unrestrained

By Trevor Ballanger

November 12, 2012

Riots come in many forms. Oftentimes, they are violent street demonstrations, but for one gay rights activist and artist, his riots are executed through artistic expression.The Los Angeles-based street artist known as Homo Riot recently brought his work to Chicago. His art is primarily composed of graffiti, printed posters and collages that portray gay men who are usually depicted in sexually explicit poses. He said he us...

LGBT History Month celebrated for the first time

By Dannis Valera

October 8, 2012

For the first time in Columbia history, LGBT History Month is being recognized and celebrated by the LGBTQ Office of Culture and Community.Joy Conway, the coordinator of the office, started planning for the month since the summer. This will be the first time the office gets their own month-long celebration like the other offices in Columbia’s Multicultural Affairs Office.“I thought that it would be fitting for us to hav...

Anti-Muslim sentiment reigniting the flames

By Ahmed Hamad

October 1, 2012

The recent release of anti-Islam movie "Innocence of Muslims" and anti-Muslim advertisements in New York City's subway system have caused rage among Muslims in the Middle East. The Chronicle interviewed local Muslims at the Downtown Islamic Center and CAIR (Council on American-Islam Relations) Chicago and asked for their reactions to it.http://youtu.be/yxSrVb-OYhg...

Underground fruit gangstas: uncovering the hidden subculture of homo-hop music

By Emily Ornberg

September 10, 2012

The stereotypical hip-hop emcee often posseses a lengthy criminal background. Some were gangbangers while others sold drugs. Some were reputedly wife beaters, killers, robbers and thieves. But the last thing one would expect from such a ruthless genre is homosexuality.Hip-hop is among the last forms of artistic expression where homophobia is not only accepted, but brazenly encouraged. The phrase “no homo” is a common s...

City launches health plan for LGBT community

By Tim Shaunnessey

April 9, 2012

In many senses, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons live the same lives as their heterosexual counterparts, yet there are unique health issues these community members face that aren’t as well documented or researched as those of the mainstream community, according to Hutson Inniss, executive director of the National Coalition for LGBT Health.Hoping to address these disconnects, the Chicago Department of Public Hea...

Top tier admins tiff over territory

By Heather Scroering

February 27, 2012

As the prioritization process moves up the hierarchy for approval, two higher ups have been jousting about the future of Columbia—specifically how the college should be marketed and who should do it.The war of the words began Feb. 1 when Mark Kelly, vice president of Student Affairs, filed his summary of recommendations for ranking programs in his unit as part of the yearlong prioritization process. Along with Kelly, all vice ...

LGBTQ face more challenges with age

By Emily Fasold

January 17, 2012

Recent decades may have seen homosexuality brought “out of the closet,” but research from the University of Washington suggests that the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered seniors has been left in the shadows.The study, named Disparities and Resilience among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults found that LGBTQ elderly—a population expected to double by 2030—face higher disability rate...

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