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Vol. CLIV, Issue 5
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FDA rethinks blood donation restrictions

Natalie Comerford, News Reporter February 9, 2023

Historically, regulations around blood donation prevented bisexual and gay men from donating blood.  In 2015, some rules changed to allow gay or bisexual men to donate blood if they had not had sexual...

Considering the Western Canon in Encounters

Jordon Crawford, Columnist February 1, 2018

As a first-year student, one is obligated to take “General Studies 145-146: The First-Year Experience,” otherwise known as Encounters. The two-semester-long course is intended as an “introduction...

The Spectrum Apparel

Olivia Gilbert October 5, 2016

Clothing communicates a lot about the individual who wears it: personal style, political affiliation, favorite bands, a preference for wool over fleece or stripes instead of dots. What if, in addition...

Athlete Ally Founder Hudson Taylor Comes to Campus

Athlete Ally Founder Hudson Taylor Comes to Campus

Libby Arnosti April 3, 2013
For the first eighteen years of his life, wrestler Hudson Taylor didn’t think he knew anybody who was gay. But since graduating from the University of Maryland in 2010, he has spent much of his time standing in front of college athletes around the country discussing the importance of recognizing and supporting their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peers.

In the closet: Some students mask LGBTQ identities at Whitman

Josh Goodman May 3, 2012
LGBTQ students who are not out describe their experiences at Whitman. Junior Marcos Garza* is in many ways a typical Whitman student: he’s studious, a member of a fraternity and active in campus clubs. Yet there’s a part of him that only a small number of his friends know about: “I guess, to tell you, I'm gay,” he says hesitantly.

Rep. Maureen Walsh addresses marriage equality in lecture

Rachel Alexander March 29, 2012
Walsh spoke to the Whitman community on the evening of Wednesday, March 28.Her lecture addressed the state of politics in Olympia, as well as her personal support for same-sex marriage. As a member of the Republican caucus, Walsh was one of the few in her party to vote for marriage equality in Washington State, a move which drew criticism from some of her constituents. Walsh said that in 2009, voters in her district voted 71 percent in favor of repealing domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples.

Whitties react to the Washington legislature passing same sex marriage

Josh Goodman February 9, 2012
The Washington State House of Representatives voted 55 to 43 on Wednesday, February 7 to allow same sex marriages. This, following the senate voting in favor of same sex marriage last week and Gov. Gregoire's pledge to sign the bill, makes Washington poised to be the seventh U.S. state, in addition to Washington, D.C., to allow same sex marriages. Washington could begin offering same sex marriages 90 days after the governor signs the bill into law. Whitman College students react to the news.
Dan Savage during his interview with Whitman Pioneers News Co-Editor, Rachel Alexander.  Photo Credit: Marie von Hafften

It Gets Better Project raises awareness, draws critiques

Rachel Alexander April 28, 2011
Queer kids growing up in the United States right now are living through “the best of times and the worst of times" according to visiting speaker Dan Savage. Although same-sex couples are gaining rights and awareness across the nation, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals still face discrimination and lack the same rights as their straight counterparts.
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