• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Community

    Long Island LGBTQ+ community responds to the re-elections of Lee Zeldin and Peter King

    By: Wilko Martinez-Cachero Every weekend, Ray Banguolo is greeted by an American flag, a prisoner of war flag, and a rainbow flag upon arriving at the Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ. However, in early November, he noticed that one of the flags was missing. It was the sixth time in five months that the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag had been stolen. Banguolo, a pastor at the Sayville church, is one of many LGBTQ community members on Long Island who fear the re-election of politicians such as Lee Zeldin and Peter King in New York’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts will fuel similar incidents. “Sometimes, you do what’s right and not…