The Vermont Cynic

How LGBTQ musicians are shaping hip-hop’s future

How LGBTQ musicians are shaping hip-hop's future

Connor Adams, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

In a genre defined by toxic masculinity, the LGBTQ community is leading hip-hop into the future. Today, queer artists are arguably some of the genre’s strongest voices.  Queer hip-hop didn’t pop out of thin air when artists like Frank Ocean and Kevin Abstract came onto the scene. LGBTQ  hip-hop has be...

VT organizers prep for Pride

 Pride flags blow in the wind on Church Street during the 2018 Pride Parade, September 2018.The Pride Vermont festival runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8, ending with a parade. Visit to learn how to get involved.

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

September 1, 2019

As leaves change and summer turns to fall, Church street transforms into a colorful display of love and acceptance.  Pride Week will occur the week of Aug 31 to Sep. 8. The UVM Pride parade celebrates LGBT rights gained through resistance by marching through Church Street to Battery Park in Burlington.  The UVM Prism Center...

UVM ranked LGBTQ-friendly by national nonprofit

Allen House is home to the Prism Center, which serves LGBTQ students and faculty

Mills Sparkman, Summer Editor

June 26, 2019

UVM has been ranked among the Northeast’s “Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students” according to a new ranking from Campus Pride, which also ranked UVM as the top LGBTQ-friendly school in the state of Vermont.  Together with, Campus Pride ranks schools based on their LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices, according to their website.  UVM’s overall ranking was four and a half stars out of five.  In most categories, the University scored four and a half or five stars. UVM’s weakest areas included LGBTQ policy inclusion and LGBTQ recruitment and retention, receiving four stars and three and a half stars, respectively.  Prism Center Director Kate Jerman said she was excited by UVM’s ranking.  “Rankings li...

SGA works to protect marginalized groups on campus

SGA works to protect marginalized groups on campus

Zoe Stern, Staff Writer

November 17, 2018

SGA has passed two resolutions to show their support of transgender, nonbinary and intersex students, as well as Jewish students, in light of the national political climate. The first resolution, in support of the Queer Student Union and their funding requests, was sponsored by sophomore Carolynn Van Arsda...

Students organize to protest gender memo

Students organize to protest gender memo

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

November 8, 2018

Members of the UVM and Burlington transgender and non-binary communities gathered to send a clear message to President Donald Trump: “We will not be erased.” Nearly 250 students, faculty and community members organized Oct. 29 outside the third floor of the Davis Center to protest a memo obtain...

UVM President affirms support of transgender and intersex students

Image curtesy of UVM Prism Center's facebook page

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

October 26, 2018

President Tom Sullivan sent an email Oct. 26 reaffirming UVM’s support of transgender, non-binary and intersex students in light of a leaked Trump administration memo. The New York Times leaked a memo Oct. 21 tentatively proposing to redefine sex as something based on genitals at birth, only t...

Finding strength and community at Pride

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor

September 19, 2018

There’s something undefinable about the moment you look around and realize you aren’t alone. Marching down Church street in the Burlington Pride Parade, surrounded by fellow students adorned with rainbows and smiles, I experienced that moment. It was my first pride parade, and I don’t think I’ve ...

TREK expands programming to include mountain biking and LGBTQ groups

Addie Beach, Senior Staff Writer

September 14, 2018

Miles of lush green forests and stark mountains make up the Vermont wilderness, perfect for hiking, skiing and college. TREK is a program for UVM first-year and transfer students that takes place the week before classes and lets its participants take advantage of the state’s outdoors. Divided ...

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