Roommate confusion

Roommate confusion

Editor’s Note: This article was updated to clarify ATEC junior Emily Wheeler visited the University Village Leasing Office and not the Galerstein Gender Center. After establishing the gender-inclusive housing option last semester, UTD staff are preparing for the fall semester by addressing any problems students have with their room assignments....

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A&M controversy indicative of larger issue with clickbait media

The outrage over Rick Perry’s comments about the A&M University Student Government election is indicative of the problems in the way people are consuming media. A&M’s student government race made headlines last week when current U.S. Energy Secretary Perry published an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle questioning the legitimacy of...

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Housing adds gender-inclusive application option

Housing adds gender-inclusive application option

Beginning fall 2017, UTD will be the first school in the UT System to formally adopt a procedure for gender-inclusive housing and one of the first institutions in Texas to address the issue. Catherine Pickrel, director of residential life, and Matt Johns, assistant director for LGBT+ programs at the Galerstein...

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Play readings honor Orlando victims

Play readings honor Orlando victims

In the first effort of its kind in Texas, two departments on campus partnered up to present stage plays to spread awareness and support the LGBT community at UTD and around the nation. The theater department in the School of Arts and Humanities and Galerstein Women’s Center came together to...

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Women’s Center adds first LGBT+ coordinator

Women’s Center adds first LGBT+ coordinator

Correction: In a previous version of this story, the creation of Matt Johns’ role as Assistant Director of LGBT Programs and Zack Gentry’s involvement in the GWC’s name change were misrepresented. In addition, the proposal for Johns’ role was submitted to the Student Fee Committee. The Mercury regrets these errors....

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Communities must stand in solidarity

Communities must stand in solidarity

Editor’s Note: Because the author belongs to two minority groups that have been at risk recently, the author’s name has been partially redacted for safety. Three weeks ago, the largest documented massacre of LGBT people in U.S. history occurred, revealing an ongoing conflict for those living at the intersection of multiple...

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Couple gets married in Lot T

Couple gets married in Lot T

Correction: In a previous version of this story Zack Gentry’s name was misspelled and he was incorrectly identified as a minister ordained by the State of Texas. The Mercury regrets this error.  Newlyweds met through dating app, decide to exchange vows in front of Rainbow Guards’ float As multiple student...

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Same-sex ruling brings joy, determination

Same-sex ruling brings joy, determination

Discrimination issues still stand for LGBT community despite landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage When a 5-4 vote made by the Supreme Court on June 26 legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states, members of the LGBT community around the country, including those at UTD, celebrated the decision. Mechanical engineering junior...

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Mr. Smith, Ms. Smith and Mx. Smith

Mr. Smith, Ms. Smith and Mx. Smith

Corrections: In a previous version of this article, the definition of pansexuality was incorrectly stated.  Also, attribution for policy changes on campus that benefit the LGBT community were incorrectly stated. The Mercury regrets these errors. -Editor’s Note- Due to concerns about their safety and privacy, no photos of the transgender individuals...

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SG adopts LGBT/GSRM resolution

SG adopts LGBT/GSRM resolution

Student Government unanimously passed a resolution opposing efforts by the Texas legislature to curb the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and gender, sexual and romantic minorities at the senate meeting April 28. The resolution supports gay and lesbian marriages, the right of transgender individuals to use restrooms...

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