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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,...

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”...

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...

Aurora Gozmic performs at Michigan Tech Universitys drag show on Sept. 25, 2021. Aurora Gozmic is one of the professional drag queens who will be judging the amateur drag show and performing the following night.

Students take to the stage in amateur drag show

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor February 10, 2022

Professional drag queens are not the only ones performing this weekend at NMU. Prior to the 25th annual drag show on Saturday, Feb. 12, students will get the chance to perform in an amateur drag show and...

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...

Finding a middle ground: how student orgs navigate online challenges

Finding a middle ground: how student orgs navigate online challenges

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor January 26, 2022

The Winter 2022 semester began with a sudden announcement that the first two days of classes would be canceled, the rest of the first week would be online and student organizations would have to meet virtually...

QUEER TREES - Mossy Schumann plants a young pine tree along the Lake Superior shoreline. Schumann organized the PRIDE Tree Planting Event which encouraged queer youth to plant trees together and help restore the eroding shoreline.

LGBTQ+ groups, Great Lakes Climate Corps plant 100 trees

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor October 27, 2021

LGBTQ+ groups from across Marquette including Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride and NMU’s Queers and Allies group gathered at McCarty’s Cove on Friday, Oct. 22 to plant 100 trees at the PRIDE Tree Planting...

Opinion—Drake’s new song “Girls Want Girls” fetishizes lesbians and queerbaits

Opinion—Drake’s new song “Girls Want Girls” fetishizes lesbians and queerbaits

Katarina Rothhorn, Features Editor October 13, 2021
He doesn’t just manage to objectify and fetishize women-loving-women relationships, but he simultaneously undermines those who identify as lesbians and the authenticity of their identity.
Spotlight on Queers and Allies

Spotlight on Queers and Allies

Katarina Rothhorn June 4, 2021

Queers and Allies aims to create a safe space for students and faculty of all different backgrounds and identities. They host weekly, non-mandatory meetings where members play games, make crafts and can...

Photo courtesy of Queers & Allies
G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S­—Drag queen Aurora Gozmic, originally from Marquette, Michigan is one of the six performers in the 24th Annual show.

Community to celebrate drag kings, queens

Benjamin Bures February 13, 2020

Colorful lights flash on stage, illuminating a room of more than a thousand audience members in suspense. As fog begins to roll, the kings and queens of drag emerge to flaunt their glamour and abilities. ...

Photo courtesy of Kendra Laupp
GAINING SUPPORT—Executive board members of Queers and Allies Kendra Laupp (front-left) and Kat Ehrig (front-right) join other LGBTQ+ supporters during Marquette Comes Out at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. this fall. Organizations, clubs and general supporters joined together to embrace the LGBTQ+ community.

Queers and Allies creates safe space for all

Mary Voet February 5, 2020

There are few student organizations at NMU that can proudly proclaim that their club is open to anyone on campus, and Queers and Allies (Q&A) are part of that small population. “Basically, if...

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