The Journal

The Journal is an independent student run student newspaper at the University of Illinois Springfield. Over the years the staff of the paper have covered LGBTQIA+ events and written articles about some of the issues that LGBTQIA+ people encounter at UIS. Below are a selection of some of these articles.

2012

Safe Zone 2.0, Encouraging Dialogue and Understanding – September 11, 2012

This issue covers the implementation of a newer version of Safe Zone on the UIS campus.

October Preview, Homecoming and Queertober – October 2, 2012

This issue covers a preview of October and gives some information about Queertober.

Gender Outlaw: Kate Bornstein Visits UIS – October 9, 2012

This issue covers the Queertober kick-off event with transgender author, playwright and performance artist, Kate Bornstein.

Third Annual Closet Door on the Quad, Sharing Stories and Support – October 16, 2012

This issue covers the annual Closet Door on the Quad event that occurs for National Coming Out Day.

Late Nite and QSA Bring Shangela to UIS to Promote Fun and EducationOctober 24, 2012

This issue talks about QSA and Late Nite bringing Shangela to the QSA Drag Show.

2013

Day of Silence Speaks to UIS Community: ‘Undocuqueer I Exist’ Sheds Light on LGBTQ Students and the Immigrant Experience – April 23, 2018

This issue covers Julio Salgado coming to UIS to present for Day of Silence as a part of ECCE Speaker Series.

Everything Queer About ‘Queertober’ – October 9, 2013

This issue covers the reason for Queertober at UIS and why it is important.

Speaker Shines Light on ‘Out’ Athletes – October 9, 2013

This issue covers Hudson Taylor and Jeff Sheng, during an ECCE Speaker Series event, encouraging students, community members, and athletes to fight back against homophobia in athletics.

Students Come Out to Closet Door on the Quad: 99 Reasons to Support LGBTQ Community – October 16, 2013

This issue covers the annual Closet Door on the Quad event that occurs for National Coming Out Day.

2014

HIV Today: The Risk Rises – March 14, 2014

This issue covers why sex education and sex-postive conversations are important.

Proposed Name Change Policy – April 9, 2014

This issue covers the proposition to implement a preferred name policy to be more inclusive on the UIS campus.

UIS Holds Public Forum on Diversity Following Travis Porter Coverage – September 24, 2014

This issue covered the forum that was held to address the coverage of the Travis Porter concert that took place at UIS.

UIS Screens Yoruba Richen’s ‘The New Black’ – October 15, 2014

This issue covers the viewing event of Yoruba Richen’s ‘The New Black,’ a film centered on African-American churches’ view of the lGBTQ community and its impaction the 2012 Maryland vote for gay marriage equality.

LGBTQA Resource Office Hosts Annual ‘Coming Out on the Quad’ – October 22, 2014

This issue covers the annual Closet Door on the Quad event that occurs for National Coming Out Day.

LGBTQA Program Open to Students, Faculty, and Staff – October 29, 2014

This issue gives a look into the Safe Zone program that GSSS offers.

Queer-Straight Alliance Gears Up for Annual Drag Show – October 29, 2014

This issue covers the annual QSA drag show.

LGBTQA’s Lavender Graduation – May 7, 2014

This issue covers the annual Lavender Graduation for UIS graduating students that commemorates the 1960s gay movement in Sayville, New York.

2015

Day of Silence: L.Y.R.I.C Squad – April 23, 2015

This picture story covers the annual Day of Silence event that brought L.Y.R.I.C, an African-American slam poet group from Chicago, to the UIS campus.

Lavender Graduation: Annual Celebration – May 6, 2015

This issue covers the annual Lavender Graduation for UIS graduating students that commemorates the 1960s gay movement in Sayville, New York.

UIS Gets Schooled on the Best Sex Ever with YouTube Star and Sex Educator Laci Green – October 7, 2015

This issue covers the Queertober kick-off event with YouTube star Laci Green.

Coming Out on the Quad – October 14, 2015

This issue covers the annual Closet Door on the Quad event that occurs for National Coming Out Day.

ECCE’s Slow Lightening – November 4, 2015

This issue covers the ECCE Speaker Series event of Eduardo C. Corral and what it means to be gay and Chicano.

2016

Trans College Students: Challenges, Resources, and Rights – February 3, 2016

This issue covers the various resources available to transgender students as of 2016 and what steps the university was taking to become more inclusive.

North Carolina Bans Local Anti-Discrimination Policies for Gay and Transgender People – April 13, 2016

This issue covers the revocation of anti-discrimination policies for LGBT+ individuals and an interview with Kerry Poynter, the director of GSSS, about the attack on LGBT+ rights.

Vigil to Honor Victims of Orlando Shooting Held at UIS – June 15, 2016

This issue covers the vigil that was held by the Diversity Center and GSSS to honor those who’s lives were lost in the Pulse tragedy. 

Raising Awareness and Providing Education: Queertober 2016 – October 5, 2016

This issue covers the events that took place for all of Queertober in 2016.

Legacy Wall Travels to UIS – October 12, 2016

This issue covers the Legacy Wall, a digitally interactive traveling history exhibit that contains the biographies of over 120 LGBTQ+ people who have contributed monumental efforts to history.

Celebrating Queertober and the LGBT+ Community – October 19, 2016

This issue is a feature story about an aro-ace student discusses her identity, her relationships, and the LGBT+ community.

2017

ECCE Workshop Challenges Students to See ‘Beyond Binaries’ – April 26, 2017

This issue covers Robyn Ochs coming to UIS to present for Day of Silence as a part of ECCE Speaker Series.

Name Change, Game Change – September 6, 2017

This issue covers the 10 year anniversary and name change of the GSSS office.

UIS Queertober Kicks Off with Speaker Dese’Rae Stage – October 4, 2017

This issue covers the Queertober kick-off event with Dese’Rae Stage, an LGBT and suicide awareness activist.

2018

UIS Kicks Off Trans Visibility Week with Speech by Transgender Activist – April 5, 2018

This issue covers the Trans Visibility Week kick-off event with Laila Ireland, a transgender, military veteran.

Soup and Conversation with Gender – April 5, 2018

This issue covers a soup and conversation event that occurred during Trans Visibility Week.

Issues of Sexuality, Inequality Showcased – April 5, 2018

This issue covers one of the many Trans Visibility Week events, the Trans Life & Liberation Art Series by Micah Bazant.

LGBTQ Advocacy Day at the Capitol – April 19, 2018

This issue talks about GSSS hosting a trip to the state capitol to be a part of LGBTQ Advocacy Day in support of a bill that would bring LGBTQ history into the classroom.

Breaking the Silence with Jennicet Gutiérrez – May 4, 2018

This issue covered the annual Break the Silence event that is part of the National Day of Silence. This years special guest was Jennicet Gutiérrez, a Latinx and transgender activist.

LGBTea Gives Students a Chance to Relax – September 13, 2018

This issue talks about one of the weekly events offered by the office called LGBTea.

“The S Word” Documentary Coming to UIS – September 13, 2018

This issue was about National Suicide Prevention Month and an event that GSSS helped organize and bring to campus.

‘S Word’ Not Shown, Panel Discussion Still Held – September 26, 2018

This issue was about an event that GSSS helped organize and, despite technical difficulties with the film, panelists engaged in an informative and useful Q&A.

Twenty Years Later: A Conversation about The Life and Legacy of Matthew Shepard – October 10, 2018

This issue covers a Queertober event that was held to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard.

Intersex: Stories, Not Surgeries – October 10, 2018

This issue covers the ECCE Speaker Series and Queertober kick-off event with Pidgeon Pagans, an intersex activist

National Coming Out Day Celebrated at UIS – October 17, 2018

This issue covers the annual Closet Door on the Quad event that occurs for National Coming Out Day.

Candlelight Vigil Held for Pittsburgh Victims – November 7, 2018

This issue covers the vigil held for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.