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When a transgender student found herself misgendered by a preacher on her way to class, she tearfully called Annie Russell, director of the University of Rhode Island Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC). When she returned to the Quad after her 50-minute lecture, it had been covered in trans flags...
URI Theatre addressed the different ways abuse can present itself with "Exit, Pursued by a Bear.”  PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Clark What do you get when you put together Jimmy Carter quotes, karaoke, Susan Boyle, bottles of honey, numerous fourth wall breaks and an entirely student-run production? Apparently, lots of laughter. “Exit,...
Supergirl queerbait: “Supergirl” ended after six seasons and a series of mistakes made in relation to their treatment of LGBTQIA+ fans. PHOTO Credit: denofgeek.com “Of all the friends I have ever had, you have pushed me the most, challenged me the most. You’ve made me a better person. Thank you,”...
Disney’s 1995 animated film “Pochahontas” is a problematic depiction of Native American culture and history. PHOTO CREDIT: disney.com This Native American Heritage Month, I decided to revisit my unfortunate first introduction to Native American heritage and culture––Disney’s 1995 animated film, “Pocahontas.”I don’t think I’m alone in saying that, as someone...
Photo credit: Entertainment Weekly "I'm simply saying, can't you just wait a while and leave it alone?” Rita Moreno asked on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” when talking about the lack of Afro-Latino representation in the newly-released “In The Heights” film adaptation. No Moreno, we can’t. Now a household name, thanks...
In 2019, The Good Five Cent Cigar published an article about complaints made following a sorority’s lack of sensitivity around Halloween costumes, ranging from white girls dressed up as Black male rappers to another dressed up as a homeless person.  We don’t want to have to publish another one of...
Student presentation looks at queer issues in porn Gender & Sexuality Center’s first-ever SexFest holds conversation to promote a more positive culture about sex and sexuality. Before starting her presentation, first-year transfer student Katie Riedy gave the small group in attendance a warning that it would include explicit pornographic images and...
The lights are back on in J Studio as URI Theatre welcomes live audiences again. PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Clark An instrumental version of “Counting Stars” plays. Audience members settle into their seats. The bright lights begin to dim. Suddenly, we’re transported back over 200 years, taken from J Studio in...
“Diana” the musical has shocked audiences, and not in a good way Through every move, note and lyric in the nearly 2-hour musical “Diana,” I was left wondering why someone, anyone, in the creative process, from conception to a premiere in California to Broadway previews and finally a Netflix pro-shot...
Alumnus Andrew Burnap thanks URI Theatre in his Tony Award acceptance speech. PHOTO CREDIT: Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images “To the University of Rhode Island theatre department,” Andrew Burnap ’13 said in his list of thank yous during his acceptance speech of Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a...
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