• Culture

    Long Islanders recount experiences with toxic masculinity

    By Donovan Alexis Struggling to fit into the stereotypical description of how a man should be, Eric Ventura found himself in a position where he felt that if he didn’t act like one, people would take advantage of him. This is just scratching the surface of toxic masculinity, the idea that puts a constraint on men to act tough, suppress emotion, to be the breadwinner, and to always be welcome to sexual advances from women. “While I was growing up, I’ve always been around people who didn’t show a lot of emotions,” Eric Ventura, a sales associate from Selden, said. “I learned to keep my emotions inside just as they…

  • Politics

    How Women on Long Island are changing the Local Political Landscape

    By Quari Alleyne Women were at the forefront of the 2018 midterm election, but regardless of their political affiliation, their political experiences remain similar. Female politicians on Long Island are testaments of this. Siela A. Bynoe is in her fourth year as Nassau County legislator. She is the only African-American female on the legislature and feels like she has been treated aggressively by her male counterparts. Bynoe, a 40-year resident of Nassau, has long refuted the idea of biting her tongue when dealing with issues she’s passionate about. “I am always going to assert myself because this is not about me,” Bynoe said. “This is about the people I am…

  • Politics

    Long Island LGBTQ+ community fights for GENDA in light of midterm election results

    By: Karina Gerry The results from the November midterm elections have once again brought hope to the LGBTQ+ community, specifically the transgender community, in New York, as four Long Island Senate seats, three upstate seats, and one Brooklyn seat all turned blue. Republican control of the Senate has blocked the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) from reaching the floor for the past 11 years. The bill would amend the state human rights law to bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, as well as adding transgender people to the state human rights law. “New York has a reputation of being a beacon of progressivism and has a…

  • Health

    The challenges of infertility in the transgender community

    By Lamia Choudhury In between driving for Lyft, finding a fulltime job and applying to graduate school, 23-year-old Jaylin Culkin doesn’t always have time to think about the future long term. Unlike most young adults his age, Culkin, a Centereach native, has already made a solid plan on starting a family. Fertility in the transgender community can be an especially sensitive topic. Individuals who take puberty- suppressing medications and then go straight to hormone therapy may be left infertile completely, Courtney Finlayson, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago said. “When an individual goes through puberty, the germ cells—what becomes eggs or sperm—mature,”…

  • Culture

    Local college student starts makeup business out of dorm room

    By: Megan Valle In a dorm room at Stony Brook University, student Carine Green looked through his large makeup collection, searching for the perfect eyeshadow for his look of the night. He opened his Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette and went straight for the shimmery gold color named ‘Queen’. He smiled ear to ear as he placed the pigment on his eyelid. “Oh my god, I love it,” he said. Green, an 18-year-old college student, has been doing makeup since he was fifteen and recently started promoting himself as a makeup artist, looking for clients to help him start his own business. “My first palette was the LA Girl palette…

  • Culture

    Long Island struggles to cater to plus-sized women’s fashion needs

    By: Kian McKoy Christmas decor tumbles from every inch of the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, NY, each corridor filled with holiday classics that ring in the festive season. Display windows trumpet the newest sales, while the winter-ready mannequins model the latest faux-fur lined fashions. On Nov. 5, J.Crew, a brand known for its ‘preppy’ fashion and sizes that cap at a 16, launched a winter collection with on-the-rise plus brand, Universal Standard, and carries sizes ranging from 00-32. This follows a successful summer 2018 collaboration with Universal Standard.   Moves such as this are often met with praise and excitement, especially considering that 67 percent of American women…

  • Community

    Transgender Resource Center of Long Island support groups offer safe-spaces for LGBTQ+ community

    By: Daniel Marcillo Transgender people come from all directions in life. They are parents, siblings, neighbors, and are active contributors to society. People who are struggling with their transition or are simply looking to discuss their issues with people who have gone through the same thing turn to support groups, such as ones provided by the Transgender Resource Center of Long Island (TRCLI), for help. Even though the number of transgender people has increased to 1.4 million people in the United States, it still is only 0.6 percent of the population, according to a study done by the Williams Institute. Mila Madison, the executive director of the Transgender Resource Center…

  • Politics

    Suffolk County passes legislation to reduce gender pay inequality

    By Akanshka Kar On November 30th, Suffolk County county executive Steve Bellone signed legislation that will prohibit employers from asking a job applicant’s current and previous salary in efforts to reduce pay inequality for women and minorities in the workplace. The Restricting Information on Salaries and Earnings (RISE) Act is set to be in effect by June 30, 2019. “As a woman who has irked for decades in corporate, nonprofit and government positions whose applications all included previous salary rise, I was honored to co-sponsor this measure,” Kara Hahn, Suffolk County Legislature (D-5), said. Being the first bill of its kind to be introduced on Long Island, the aim is…

  • Community

    Long Island community members reflect on challenges and progress as they remember the at least 22 transgender Americans lost to hate crimes in a year

    By: Andrea Keckley On the evening of Nov. 19, Jesse Power, a senior at Farmingdale State College, stood on the stage of a campus auditorium and introduced himself to the audience as “the boy who had to tell his parents that I was never their little girl.” From behind a podium, he told the rows of students, staff and community seated before him his story of growing up as a transgender man. They listened as he told them his story of growing up as a transgender man. “Everything that is considered so easy for cis guys can be so hard for someone who is trans,” he said. “For example, using…

  • Health,  Politics

    Birth control opt-out policy will cost Long Island women hundreds of dollars

    By: Remi Schott The sound of studio-synthesized guitars, powerful drums, and deafening screams of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” fill the air, reminding 20-year-old Tate Simmons to take her birth control. It’s 7:06 P.M as Simmons runs to her bag and pulls out the little parcel holding one month’s worth of pills. Simmons, a resident of Point Lookout, has been taking birth control for four years. Still on her parents’ health insurance plan, her mother’s employer provides cost-free coverage for birth control. The Trump administration’s new policy finalized on Nov. 7 allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for female employees. The…