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Students search for a safe space. Page 12
A More Fab Life
It doesn’t take a lot to live an even more fabulous life. Check out our tips on Page 20
Think the LGBT movement is all in the past? Think again! Check out our timeline of the movement on Page 20
Out of the Box
You’re unique and your outfit should reflect that! Check out these outfits that break all the fashion rules. Page 30
Your hairstyle can transform your whole look. Don’t believe us? Check out these photos. Page 30
Whether you’re doing drag or just want to add some color to your face, we’ll teach you how. Page 26
MONTHLY FEATURES Letter from the Editor Page 9
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WELCOME to the most fabulous magazine ever
elcome to LGBTeen, the magazine all about fabulous things. Not only do we bring you all the latest in LGBT news, we have all the newest trends in pop culture, fashion and beauty -- all with a queer twist.
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We’re different from other LGBT magazines because, while we do take current events and our fight for equality seriously, we are also a lot of fun. We want to keep you informed, but also give you a chance to forget about all the serious stuff and indulge in some diversions. But we are also very smart (or at least we like to think we are). You’ll discover valuable life advice, great new fashion and beauty ideas, and learn about what’s popular now -- but we also encourage you to break out of the mold and think for yourself. Really, it’s all about inspiration. We give you ideas and it’s up to you to use those ideas however you want. Be inspired to emulate our ideas, or create your own. We want you to be yourself and think for yourself. Because, if you ask me, individuality is the most fabulous thing of all. Our main goal here at LGBTeen is to inspire you to be the fabulous, original individual that you are. And we want to hear all about it -- contact us anytime with ideas, comments, complaints or anything else -- at email@example.com. I hope to hear from you!
THE EDITOR My name is Steven, I am a student at the University of Northern Iowa. I am studying communication and journalism. It has always been a dream of mine to have my own magazine, so working on this project has been a lot of fun. I have a passion for LGBT rights, I love pop music, pop culture and glitter. Britney Spears is my fave diva. Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus are some of my fave baby divas. I am gay, genderqueer and a drag queen! I believe expressing yourself and being confident in who you are. I hope to inspire people to do just that.
ou don’t have to be one of the Sex
and the City girls to have a fabulous life. All you have to do is follow these tips and your life will be even more fun and fabulous than it already is.
Wake up early. Between school, family and your social life, sometimes it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. But before you sleep in this weekend, think about waking up an hour early and finally finishing up that book you’ve been reading or getting a head-start on homework. Even if you don’t do antying productive, you’ll at least feel productive. And that’s a great way to start the day.
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(but SO delicious) sandwiches. Save up some cash and treat yourself to a day out. A fancy lunch is the perfect compliment to a zero-dollar shopping spree. And you won’t feel guilty for splurging because -hey, you need to eat. Feeling extra adventurous? Try a dish you’ve never tasted, or even try out a new restaraunt. Who knows, you might find a new favorite spot! Compliment someone. Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily lives, we forget to pay attention to the little things. That’s why it can mean so much when you compliment someone. Whether you notice their new shoes, or just let them know you enjoy a friend’s company, complimenting someone can make someone’s day -- and make you feel pretty great, too.
Rock your favorite look. It sounds simple, but sometimes a simple change of clothes can make you feel like the superstar you are. Whether you’re headed for a night on the town or just running to the corner store for milk, rocking your favorite outfit on a blah day can totally lift your spirits and is worth a try. Even (especially!) if it means wearing 6-inch sequined stilettos to the gas station. Go on a zero-dollar shopping spree. You know that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing at the mall that will go *perfectly* with your favorite skirt? Or that outfit that you’d be able to rock for any occasion? Know how your wallet is completely empty? Yeah, that sucks. But you don’t have to spend money to indulge in some retail therapy. Go to the mall with your friends and try on a bunch of cute outfits. Walk around the dressing room like it’s a runway, snap some photos with your cell, and critique each other outfits like you’re one of the hosts of “Fashion Police.” It’s a lot of fun and can be a motivator to save some money to buy a couple of the cute pieces you try out. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find some good deals. At the very least, you’ll have fun with your friends, and that’s always a fabulous time.
Get out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s asking someone out on a date, going out dancing (and being the first one on the dance floor) or singing karaoke at Applebee’s, pushing yourself to do something you wouldn’t normally do is a total rush that can leave you feeling super-confident. The effect is intensified when you do something you’ve been dying to do but never got around to. So think about what you would do if you were braver, more outgoing, a better singer -- and do it!
Go out for lunch. A big part of living a fabulous life is living each day as if it’s a special occasion. You don’t need a reason (or a date) to go out to your favorite lunch place with the overpriced
Learn something new. Few things are more fabulous than feeling smart. Take some time to read the newspaper (not just the entertainment and fashion sections!), browse random articles on Wikipedia to expand your understanding of various topics, and maybe even teach yourself a new skill. Learn to cook your favorite dish, learn a language, learn how to play an instrument. Not only will you learn something new, but you’ll feel totally empowered from knowing you did it yourself. (But if you need extra help, don’t feel bad!)
Do a good deed. You know that warmand-fuzzy feeling you get when you give your BFF an AWESOME b-day present? You can have that feeling anytime. Helping a friend accomplish a goal, getting them a small suprise (even if it’s just paying for their coffee at your weekly coffee-shop gossip sesh) will make both of you feel amazing. Even better? Do something nice for a total stranger or volunteer for a local charity. Even if you don’t get the warm-fuzzies, you’ll help someone in need.
Express yourself! Just like Carrie uses her column to express her thoughts and sort out her life, finding an outlet for your emotions can help you find solutions to your problems and learn new things about yourself. Whether it’s keeping a diary, writing poetry, creating an inspiration board, or even just singing along to a song that you relate to, letting your feelings out can definitely help you feel fabulous.
Be happy with what you have. It sounds completely cheesy, but sometimes the most fabulous feeling comes from being happy with the life you have. Whether it’s being single-and-loving-it, or going thrift shoping for “label-less” fashion finds instead of bigname brands, knowing you can hve a fabulous and fun life without turning into Carrie Bradshaw can be totally empowering.
FOR A S A F E SPACE BY STEVEN SANCHEZ
The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) prides itself on it’s “Diversity Matters” initiative which, according to the university’s website, aims to “create a more welcoming community that celebrates the unique contributions of each person”. However, there is at least one group of students that feels that UNI is not making enough of an effort to be a completely inclusive university. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students have found welcoming communities within student organizations such as UNI Proud, which was established in the 1970s as a safe space for LGBT students and has grown to an active and involved community at UNI that fights for inclusion and visibility of LGBT students on campus. The recently-founded UNI Trans*genda extends these efforts, with an increased focus on creating a safe space for transgender individuals. These groups promote inclusion through a variety of events including regular meetings, activist activities and protests, and opportunities to socialize with other members of the community informally. However, many students within these communities feel that support from their peers is not enough.
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excited to take it forward.” Another participant in the protest, Stormy O’Brink, shared this sentiment. “I’m hoping that this will be a good start to getting some change at the university,” she said. The next steps students hope to take are actually establishing gender-neutral facilities on campus, as well as a permanent LGBT center that would serve not only as a safe space for LGBT students, but as a way to educate the wider campus community on LGBT issues. The need to educate the campus community is apparent. Many students have faced instances of harassment or discrimination on campus. O’brink recalls a traumatic incident that occurred during one of her classes.
remaining cards she does have critique everything from her “condescending” tone, to the fact that O’Brink is “shoving these issues on us.”
“I don’t think some people understand just how much we go through in any given day...”
“I remember once during a speech class that I was taking,
It is incidents such as this that make students feel a lack
I did a speech on gay rights, and after our speeches we get
of support from the university as a whole. Perhaps worst of all,
note-cards with anonymous feedback from other students,”
is the fact that some students don’t always feel like they have a
O’Brink said. “I got a lot of negative feedback and some hateful
safe space even within the current LGBT-focused organizations
O’Brink still has some of the note-cards, though she admits, “I threw the harsher ones out.” The comments on the
One student, Bettina*, feels that the LGBT community isn’t as inclusive of trans* people as it should be.
Preparing for the Protest Students Sara Holmes and David Pope set up a table for the University of Northern Iowa’s LGBT student group,
UNI Proud, at the “Potty Protest,” an event that was organized by UNI Proud and other inclusive organizations on campus, such as Trans*genda. The event aimed to highlight the need for gender-neutral facilities on campus by designating two restrooms gender-neutral for the day. According to one member of UNI Trans*genda and
Trans*genda and UNI Proud, expressed satisfaction at taking
UNI Proud, graduate student Kaitlin Korbitz, when it comes
this important first step towards raising the visibility of LGBT
to creating a safe environment for all students, “Having a
students on campus. Senior Elementary Education Major,
supportive university is the first step.”
Lauren Fontaine, expressed a desire to take further steps.
Until recently, LGBT students felt pressure was being put on
“I’m excited that [the protest] happened,” she said. “I’m also
them to establish a safe space for LGBT students. But through increased visibility of LGBT students and organizations on campus, as well as increased efforts from the university to be more inclusive, progress is finally being made when it comes to creating a truly accepting space for LGBT students. One unique event that received some attention was UNI Trans*genda’s first major event as an organization, the “Potty Protest,” which took place April 10, 2012 and aimed to bring attention to the need for gender-neutral restrooms on campus. Korbitz, who participated in and helped organize the protest, described the process of organizing the event. “Allowing students to work with the university and work with the administrators to make the event possible was really important,” she said. Participants, which included members of both UNI
Students protest for gender neutral restrooms. Students sit
outside restrooms in the University of Northern Iowa’s Maucker Union Ballroom, which have been deemed gender-neutral for the day, as a part of UNI Trans*genda’s “Potty Protest”.
Evaluating Progress David Pope, president of UNI Proud, listens to protestors’ thoughts on the day’s events.
with other student organizations on a number of events to help highlight the intersectionality of queer peoples’ identities. UNI Proud has held several meetings which focus on issues like the spectrum of identities within the LGBT community and issues that queer people of color face. Additionally, UNI Proud has worked with other diversity-center organizations at UNI, such as the Black Student Union and Hispanic Latino Student Union. Notably, UNI Proud recently collaborated with the “Trans people and Gay people are different and we have different issues. I just wish we could not just get lumped in with LGB people all the time when we really are different,” she said. “I don’t think some people understand just how much we go through in any given day and after facing much widespread discrimination. It’d be nice if there was a culture of confronting or educating [on campus].” The establishment of Trans*genda has helped to create a community where trans* people and allies can feel safe. “I was able to just go there and hang out. People talked about everything from gender to cookies,” said Bettina of her experience at a Trans*genda meeting. “Something about the
A student reviews note-cards with hateful comments. Stormy O’Brink looks back at note-cards, containing negative and hurtful comments, that she received after presenting on speech on gay rights to her class. “I threw the harsher ones out,” she said. “But I like to keep some of them as a reminder of why I do this,” referring to her active role in the LGBT community.
group just felt right.” Still, having a student organization that holds small meetings periodically isn’t enough to create the change needed at UNI. “What we need is a space that is free from disrespectful comments or harassment,” said Bettina. “What we need is literally a space where we are safe from those things, because those spaces can be a rarity for us.” David Pope, president of UNI Proud, echoes this sentiment. “Its a huge responsibility attempting to take care of
Negative Notes One of the note-
cards O’Brink received after her progay speech. This student criticized O’Brink’s “condescending” tone, her use of “stereotypes”, and goes as far as saying O’Brink may have been offensive rather than persuasive. O’Brink observed that often, “I may come on too strong because I’m so passionate about these issues, but I don’t see how my speech was offensive.”
the needs of a community as large and diverse as the LGBT community. With most communities, UNI as an institution provides services and resources, so student groups can be more supplementary and help create community,” said Pope. “With UNI Proud, we have to do the fun social community building but also attempt to do that extra work that isn’t being done by the University. As busy students ourselves with only so much time and so many resources, we don’t always meet the huge need from LGBT students.” It’s issues like these that inspire students to continue their work with inclusive organizations. In addition to UNI Proud’s regular meetings every Tuesday, the group has collaborated
Hispanic Latino Student Union on their annual Latino Ball, which took place the weekend of UNI Proud’s annual Pride Week. Members of UNI Proud hosted a small drag show at the event. “It was so exciting to be able to build a coalition with our Hispanic/Latino friends and show them support just as we’ve seen them support us,” said Pope of the event. “Their invitation was an awesome show of solidarity for us. I forsee us working together again in the future.” UNI Trans*genda is still trying to establish a presence at UNI, but has already succeeded in gaining interest from a number of students and has held several successful meetings and events, with the Potty Protest last April. The group hopes to continue this pattern of growth. “My hope for the future is to create a group were people who Identify as transgender or gender queer can come together and help one another through the struggles that come with their gender identification,” he said. While both UNI Proud and UNI Trans*genda have faced struggles, the majority of their efforts have not been in vain. Their visibility has helped raise awareness of these issues and caused the university to start looking into the logistics of establishing an LGBT center and assisted in the establishment of the LGBT Exploratory Committee, which is devoted to exploring options for establishing an LGBT center at UNI. While LGBT student leaders at UNI are happy to fight to bring attention to LGBT issues, many students feel that it should not be their responsibility to try to establish the center themselves. Pope commented on the work of groups like UNI Proud, Trans*genda and the LGBT Center Exploratory Committee “We are always doing our best and striving for better,” he said. “But without an LGBT Center and services provided by UNI, we will inevitably fall short.”
OVER THE RAINBOW: A Timeline of LGBT History
he LGBT community has made amazing strides over time, but we wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t T for the brave individuals who stood up for our community when no one else did. Our community has a rich history full of amazing stories of brave and inspiring individuals. Here’s an overview of some of their major accomplishments over the years, and some of the more recent developments in the movement. Hopefully these stories inspire you to try to make some change!
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WHY MARRIAGE EQUALITY MATTERS As the fight for Marriage Equality rages on, some argue that marriage for gay and lesbian couples is unnecessary, and Civil Unions will suffice. While there are some strong points in these arguments, the fact is that Civil Unions and Marriage will never be completely equal, and Marriage Equality under the law is necessary to ensure the equal treatment of all couples. Here’s why. •
Civil Unions are often cited as a way to keep religious marriage ceremonies and separate. In reality, because marriage is legally considered a contract, religious marriage ceremonies mean nothing legally until a marriage certificate is signed. Marriage Equality would have no influence on how religious marriage ceremonies are performed, or what kind of marriages religious institutions perform -- marriage and religion are already separate. Marriage Equality would merely make it possible for same-sex couples to enter into the same contract signed by both religious and nonreligious people. Civil Unions do not offer couples the same rights as married couples. Because Civil Unions are awarded at the state level, couples in a civil union don’t have the federal benefits of married couples, and can lose certain rights if they move to a state that doesn’t accept Civil Unions as valid. Even if Marriage Equality and Civil Unions were completely equal in terms of amount of rights provided, history has shown the damage this sort of separate-but-equal system can cause. Keeping Civil Unions for same-sex couples only would make it easier to discriminate against couples in Civil Unions. True equality would mean all couples who wish to live together as life partners and recieve the federal benefits would be grouped under one category -- “married.” Otherwise, Civil Unions could be outlawed at any time, leaving couples who are “married” unaffected. Does that sound equal to you?
MORE THAN MARRIAGE: What Else Needs to be Done Marriage Equality is obviously a huge key in the fight for LGBT rights. But even if Marriage Equality happened tomorrow, there would still be a lot of work to do in terms of LGBT rights. Here are some examples. • Anti-Discrimination Laws Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual and Trans*gender people face unlawful discrimination daily. Only 16 states have laws that protect LGBT people in the workplace and sometimes those laws aren’t enforced. And employment is only one aspect of discrimination -- LGBT people have a harder time finding housing, samesex couples are often prevented from visiting their partners who have been hospitalized and most anti-discrimination laws fail to acknowledge the unique needs of Trans* people. Trans* issues While there have been many recent strides in protecting the rights of LGB people, the Trans*gender community is often overlooked. Trans* people struggle with everything from finding a safe restroom or dressing room to use, to finding a health care provider that understands their unique needs. Including Trans* voices in our community’s current efforts for equality, as well as addressing the Trans* community’s own unique needs is necessarry to ensure every member of our community is truly equal. Blood Donation Since 1977, any man who admits to having had sex with another man will not be allowed to donate blood. Even if it happened one time, the participants were safe and neither partner has HIV or AIDS, if a man admits to having sex with another man at all, they are banned from giving blood for life. Since 1997, the American Red Cross and America’s Blood Centers supported a change to the ban, and the Washington D.C. City Council passed a resolution calling for a change to the ban in 2010. However, the Food and Drug Administration has the final say and has yet to implement a change.
fight for equality isn’t just up to people like Harvey Milk and President GET INVOLVED! The Obama. After all, they all started out just like you! You can make change
in your own community by getting involved with your local LGBT organizations (see if your school has a GSA or student organization -- if not, start one!), staying informed on the latest issues (by reading LGBTeen!) and even something as simple as talking to people about the issues. You never know, you might change someone’s mind!
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Foundation There are several kinds of foundation (solid, liquid, cream, mousse) and which one you’ll want to use depends on what you want to do with it. A simple liquid foundation is a good choice because it’s versatile, easily blendable and the cheaper brands usually offer coverage comparable to more expensive brands.
Powder Pressed powder is used in a variety of ways. Sometimes, it’s a quick, everyday alternative to foundation. Typically, though, it’s applied over foundation to even out coverage and help set the make-up. Lipcolors There are a variety of lip-coloring products on the
market. From tinted balms, to stains, to your regular lipstick, it can be confusing deciding which type of lip product is right for you. Again, it all depends on the look you want to go for. But you can never go wrong with a simple lipstick or lip-gloss in your favorite color.
The world of make-up can seem intimidating at first. And it can be, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s not about how you look in make up, it’s about how you look at make-up. by Steven Sanchez
Eyeliner Eyeliner can make your eyes really stand out. Eyeliner
or a lot of people, make-up is a way to hide “flaws,” a way to present the illusion that they have something they don’t –
can make you feel instantly more confident, or how matching your eyeshadow to your top can take your look to a new level of chic.
comes in liquid, pencil and pen forms. For beginners, a selfsharpening pencil is a virtually fool-proof intro -- if you make a mistake, just smudge the line and rock a dramatic, smokey look.
Perhaps the most fun way to use make-up is when you use it
Eyeshadow, blush and bronzer These products are used to
clearer skin, a thinner nose, plumper lips – and that can be
to express yourself. Draw shapes on your face with an eye-liner
fun. It’s also sort of empowering to know that, with a few key
pencil, use different colors of eyeshadow or blush on totally random
products, you, too, can look like those models in the magazines.
parts of your face. Break every beauty rule and have a blast doing
It demystifies beauty in a sense, because you realize how fake
it, all while making a statement that is totally and uniquely you!
that sort of manufactured beauty it is. But that’s not the only way
But there are days when you want to rock a typical high-
to use make-up. It’s just, unfortunately, the most popular way.
glam look, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as you
Make-up shouldn’t be about turning yourself into some-
know you don’t have to do these things to be beautiful, want-
thing you’re not, it should be about celebrating what you are,
ing to express a more typical beauty can be perfectly healthy.
and emphasizing the natural beauty you have. Adding splash-
No matter how you plan to use make-up, though, it helps
es of color to areas of your face – eyes, lips, cheeks – is a
knowing what the countless numbers of products behind cosmet-
simple way to change your look and emphasize certain parts
ic counters are for. So here is a basic list of typical things you’ll
of your face (but you shouldn’t emphasize certain parts be-
find at your local drug store or department store and how they’re
cause you want to hide other parts – all of you is beautiful).
supposed to be used. Take this knowledge and do whatever you
Try it – it’s crazy how doing nothing but painting your lips red
want with it – even if it means putting eyeliner on your forehead.
add color to your eyes and cheeks. Make-up companies have been coming out with new versions of these products, with a variety of textures and colors. We recommend using a cream eyeshadow (you can apply these with your fingers and they blend really well) and regular powder blush or bronzer in any color you choose (though a bronzer that’s about 3 shades darker than your actual skintone is typically reccommended).
You almost can’t go wrong with blush and eyeshadow. While some people think heavy color on these areas is trashy, or being too matchymatchy is tacky, remember to rock whatever color YOU think looks best. After all, have you seen some of the make-up on high-fashion models? One person’s trashy is another person’s chic. And who knows, maybe your make-up look will end up on the runway.
If you want to be sure your foundation matches your natural skintone, be sure you have the right shade before you buy an expensive foundation. See if there are testers available and pick the one that matches your arm or chest (areas closest to your face’s natural color).
Elf’s eyeliner and shadow sticks ($3, Target) are great for beginners. The liner smudges like a dream and the shadow goes on in a few simple swipes.
FOR A PERFECT POUT: FOR KISSABLE LIPS: Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Tinted Balms (about $6, drugstores) give lips a hint of color and a dose of intense moisture.
When using concealer and/ or foundation, set your look with a pressed powder, like Revlon’s ColorStay Pressed Powder (about $9, Wal-Mart) to keep your face looking fresh.
Confused by all the lipcolor products out there? You can’t go wrong with a simple tube of lipstick in your favorite color. The 99 cent sticks are just as good as more expensive brands. Grab a bunch of different shades for just a few bucks. Tip: apply balm first for super-smooth lips.
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The easiest way to show what’s unique about yourself? Go makeup free. Even if you keep touches of color with some blush and lip gloss, going foundation-free can remind you to be true to yourself, even when rocking an out-there look -- and it’s great for your skin.
SHOW YOUR COLORS
Mix and match bright, contrasting hues for an attention-grabbing look.
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Rocking a pair of show-stopping stilettos (or super-fab flats) can take your outfit to an entirely new level and help put a spring in your step.
Because itâ€™s impossible to pick just one favorite shade of pink, why not rock them all? Rock different shades of your favorite color for a look that matches without being boring.
The monochrome look is super-chic. Rock one color head-to-toe -- and add a colorful accessory that’s totally you to add the classic “pop of color” and make the look your own.
Accessories can take an outfit from hot to high-fashion. A pair of sunglasses can make you look and feel like a superstar in any outfit.
Layering is totally do-able in the summer! Try pairing a flowy top with a structured vest for a layered look that wonâ€™t weigh you down (or make you overheat).
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We started with a model (the fabulous David Pope), a simple make-up look (silver eyeshadow with a frosty pink lip) and a selection of wigs. We changed nothing but the wig and took photos to prove how simply changing a hairstyle can transform your entire look in an instant. P H O T O S
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