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The installation of Westport’s new permanent Rainbow Pride crosswalk was completed on Monday, Oct. 2. It is located at the intersection of Taylor Place and Jesup Road.

Westport completes permanent rainbow Pride crosswalk

Genevieve Frucht’24, Editor-in-Chief October 6, 2023

Westport’s permanent rainbow Pride crosswalk was completed on Monday, Oct. 2. The crosswalk is located at the intersection of Taylor Place and Jesup Road. The crosswalk was approved in June 2023 by...

Two groups, Westport Pride and the WPS Pride Coalition are throwing a fundraiser event in which they are selling LGBTQ+ merchandise commemorating the Stonewall riots. The merchandise can be purchased up until Sunday, May 5. Graphic by Hannah Conn 23. (Please be advised that the graphic above is not the merchandise being sold.)

Westport Pride, WPS Pride Coalition create fundraiser, sell merchandise commemorating Stonewall, LGBTQ+ Pride

Hannah Conn ’23, Staff Writer May 5, 2023

Through Sunday, May 7, the Westport Pride Group and the WPS Pride Coalition have a fundraiser selling two different t-shirts in preparation of the upcoming National LGBTQ+ Pride month, June, and commemoration...

The ad hoc Superintendent’s Review Committee met in Town Hall on April 3 and 17, deciding to recommend to the Superintendent to keep three challenged books in the Staples library. The meetings were working meetings with no public comment. There was lower turnout to the second meeting as the Committee’s decision was previously made at the first, and the second was intended for editing and revising their recommendation letter. Photo taken by Lilly Weisz 23.

Challenged books recommended to remain in school library by Superintendent’s Review Committee

Lilly Weisz '23, Creative Director May 5, 2023

The Superintendent’s Review Committee (SRC) unanimously voted to recommend to the superintendent to retain all three challenged Staples library books after two working meetings in April. Superintendent...

During the month of April, the nation observes the Day of Silence. High school students take a vow of silence, not speaking the entire day, in order to show support to the LGBTQ+ community.

Youth ally with LGBTQ+ community during Day of Silence

Ava Coyle ’25, Social Media Manager April 30, 2023

Students participated in the Day of Silence on April 14, which entailed 24 hours without speaking, to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. “I participated in the Day of Silence because I want...

On Jan. 30 at Toquet Hall, Lighthouse hosted its “A Night of Queer History” event at Toquet Hall. Dan Woog (pictured above), Westport LGBTQ+ advocate, spoke on the history—and future—of the gay community.

Lighthouse, LGBTQ+ support organization arrives in Westport

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief February 7, 2023

Lighthouse, a LGBTQ+ youth support group within the Connecticut-based organization Kids in Crisis, opened an additional location in Westport. Currently, there are three Lighthouse locations: Stamford,...

Some well-known corporations have created “pro-gay” advertising and made their logos rainbow for LGBTQ+ pride month, while simultaneously donating millions to anti-gay politicans in recent years, presenting a problem often called “rainbow washing.”

Pride is not just one month: corporate performativity, rainbow washing is detrimental

Lea Rivel '22, Social Media Director June 12, 2022

AT&T. StateFarm. Fedex. Amazon. Xfinity. Comcast. These well-known companies all have something in common: their use of rainbow “pro-gay” advertising during June, while donating millions to anti-gay...

The Staples Pride Coalition sets up various decorations around the school  for pride month.

Staples celebrates June’s pride month

Lily Klau ’23, Creative Director June 10, 2022

As June 1 rolls around, the classic blue and white vibe of Staples High School is swapped out for the rainbow’s vibrant colors  to represent pride month. Windows have been painted, tables have been...

Released on April 22, 2022, Heartstopper provides relatable, loveable LGBTQ+ romance and journey. While season two has not been announced, season one has climbed the top-watched list in America and the United Kingdom.

Netflix’s “Heartstopper” illustrates heartwarming, intricate LGBTQ+ journey, romance 

Hannah Conn '23, Web Managing Editor May 3, 2022

When I pressed “play” on the first episode of "Heartstopper," I prepared myself for the worst. I rallied my heart to be broken once more by an unrealistic, stereotypical queer romance that categorized...

Throughout the school day on April 8, the library had a station for students to pick up their paper desk stand to show to teachers that they’re staying silent, as well as a pride tattoo to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride.

Day of silence demonstrates LGBTQ+ community’s strength

Alex Gaines ’25, Arts Editor April 28, 2022

Staples High School wasn’t exactly silent on Friday, April 8. There was still chatter in the hallways, students answered questions in class and passionate lunch discussions persisted. But there was no...

On Tuesday, March 8. the Florida Senate passed the Parental Rights in Education bill, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill,  which has caused controversy due to it limiting any discussion of gender identity and sexual identity in elementary classrooms.

“Don’t Say Gay” bill damaging to queer students, surrounding communities 

Lea Rivel ’22, Social Media Director March 14, 2022

The Florida Senate passed the Parental Rights in Education bill, known more commonly as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, with a vote of 12-8 on Tuesday, March 8. Under the bill, teachers would not be allowed...

The pride coalition hosts many events including a celebration of Pride Club last year outside the cafeteria.

Pride Coalition prospers as it expands horizons in 2021

Karina Murray ’22, Features editor January 6, 2022

Among the countless clubs that Staples has to offer, the Pride Coalition has remained a prominent safe space for all members or allies of the LGBTQ+ community who choose to participate. Though the club...

Drake’s song “Girls Want Girls” receives backlash for fetishizing lesbians on social media including Twitter and Instagram.

Drake’s ‘Girls Want Girls’ points to greater cultural issue, fetishizing queer women

Tierney Kugel ’22, Breaking News Editor December 5, 2021

“Say that you a lesbian, girl, me too” and “I can't wait to get off work to go and see you. Please bring your girlfriend along with you” are lyrics from a new Drake song released in early September...

Every person has pronouns, queer or heteronormative. It is imperative for our society to not only accept those who identify with gender-nonconforming pronouns, but to respect them by properly acknowledging their pronouns.

Respect pronouns: failure to do so will destroy our society

Hannah Conn ’23, Web Opinions Editor October 12, 2021

It's sad to say that I've lost track of the number of times I have heard someone say their pronouns are: “Nor/Mal” on social media. Across platforms such as Instagram or TikTok, there has been a rise...

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