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DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY - NMU students gathered in the atrium of Hedcock to celebrate a queer prom on April 1. For many LGBTQ+ students, this was the first prom they were able to comfortably celebrate in their identity.

Students celebrate identity, music, dancing at Queer Prom

Andie Balenger, Staff Writer April 7, 2022

When reflecting on her solo appearance at high school prom, Lilith Popour could only associate the event with feelings of sadness. Unaware of her gender identity in the harbored town of Jennison, Michigan,...

Gender-inclusive dorm housing applications open

Gender-inclusive dorm housing applications open

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor April 5, 2022

Sarah Pilto started dreaming an inclusive living space into existence after they became an resident advisor. Pilto, a third year secondary education major, RA in Magers Hall and founding member of Pride...

SIBLINGHOOD - Bailey Gomes, Aja Miller and Karlene Howard (left to right) made Kappa Psi Nu sweatshirts during one of their siblinghood nights this semester. Kappa Psi Nu is a recently established non gendered sorority that focuses on creating an inclusive Greek Life experience.

Breaking gender stereotypes in Greek Life

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor April 1, 2022

The longevity of the relationships she had discovered through Kappa Psi Nu first struck Karlene Howard, junior psychology major, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was her second semester as a member...

PROM NIGHT - Members of the LGBTQ+ community have been invited to attend Queer Prom. Queers and Allies are offering a safe space for queer students to dance, have fun, and be themselves in a traditional prom setting.

Queer Prom to provide night of inclusivity and fun

Andie Balenger, Staff Writer March 30, 2022

In campaigning for the presidential position of Queers and Allies, Miranda Miller knew that there was a demand for a queer-specific prom on campus. For many queer community members, the word “prom”...

Drag queens and staff at the Landmark Inn pose after the Galentines Drag Show on Sunday, Feb. 13. Drag queens in back row (left to right): Shelby Cummins, Victoria Lynn, Cass Marie Domino, Mercedes Benzova, and Loretta Love Lee. Pride Sundays event organizer, Jaime Bedard, sits in the front row, center.

Pride Sundays highlights drag queens in Galentines Drag Show

Andie Balenger, contributing writer February 19, 2022

At the beginning of the new year, a past tradition of the Landmark Inn was brought back to life. Convening within the Crow’s Nest, the Landmark Inn’s modern food and cocktail lounge, members of the...

Aurora Gozmic poses in style during her second solo performance.

Chicago queens dazzle at drag show

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor February 15, 2022

The Vandament Arena was decked out on Saturday night in blue curtains and pulsing colored lights changing in time with the bass line blaring from the surround sound speakers. Every seat, from the metal...

LGBTQ+ workshops to delve into queer history, butch/femme identities

LGBTQ+ workshops to delve into queer history, butch/femme identities

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor February 8, 2022

This Saturday, Feb. 12, Queers and Allies will be hosting their 25th annual drag show at Vandament Arena. In this week leading up to this event, they are bringing in guest speakers to present on topics...

Editorial—Parental Rights in Education Bill threatens education

Editorial—Parental Rights in Education Bill threatens education

North Wind Staff January 30, 2022
A Florida bill passed by a house committee and introduced to the state senate seeks to prevent teachers from discussing LGBTQ+ topics and history in the classroom, with parents able to sue the school in question if they feel their child has been exposed to topics pertaining to gender identity and the LGBTQ+ community that interfere with their parenting.
Editorial—We support the Pride Rock housing initiative

Editorial—We support the Pride Rock housing initiative

North Wind Staff September 22, 2021
For many students coming to NMU as members of the LGBTQ+ community, finding comfortable housing is an ordeal. Now, as of Sept. 20 the Pride Rock proposal has been submitted to NMU administration, and it details plans for an LGBTQ+ priority house in the dorms which would significantly reduce housing-related stress for many queer students.
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Queers & Allies: A safe space for LGBTQIA+ and allies

Ayanna Allen, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

Queers & Allies, a group on campus, hosted their third meeting Sept. 15 with the hope of bringing members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies together. The meeting featured games and a discussion of...

Pride flag

Pride Rock plans to resubmit LGBTQ+ housing proposal

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor September 16, 2021

For Alyssa Bjork, senior secondary education major, being an RA in Hunt Hall was so much more than making sure her students were safe and following rules. Being an RA allowed her to listen to the struggles...


Planning proposal for LGBTQ+ priority house

Katarina Rothhorn September 17, 2020

Alyssa Bjork, a junior majoring in secondary education and a RA for Hunt Hall first thought of creating a gender-inclusive house on campus while talking to one of her residents. “I thought about...

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