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Pitt removes “antiquated” gendered homecoming king and queen titles

Pitt will no longer use the gendered titles homecoming king and queen.

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor

September 25, 2020

Pitt’s Alumni Association removed the gendered titles of homecoming king and queen for this October’s homecoming festivities and are instead opting for two gender-inclusive “Spirit of Pitt” winners.

Professor unveils underwear’s history

(Right: Cotton and whalebone corset, c. 1890, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
(Left: Trompe l’oeil corset dress, designed by Antonio Berardi, S/S 2009, worn by Gwyneth Paltrow © Sipa Press/ REX Shutterstock)

By Zoe Pawliczek | Staff Writer

November 3, 2017

Jessie B. Ramey showed more than 170 strangers a picture of herself in her underwear Thursday at the Frick, a Pittsburgh art museum in Point Breeze. “Don’t get too excited, this is me at the age of nine in my Underoos,” Ramey told the crowd — plus a Facebook live audience of more than 1,300 pe...

Girls won’t burn the Boy Scouts’ house down

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Sarah Shearer | Columnist

October 23, 2017

Between completing badges in financial literacy, car maintenance and proper dining etiquette, I learned the importance of diversity during my time as a Girl Scout — at just 10 years old. That’s why, when the Boy Scouts of America announced earlier this month that they’d soon begin allowing girls i...

Editorial: Pitt’s new board shows that it recognizes the importance of diversity, but there’s a long way to go

(Photo by John Hamilton | Editor-In-Chief)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 4, 2017

The Board of Trustees at Pitt has some serious power — by its own words, the Board “retains ultimate responsibility for all University affairs,” meaning its diversity is all the more important. Pitt appointed four new board members on June 30, three of whom are women. And while there’s st...

Being trans at Pitt: my story

Madeline Barber writes for The Pitt News culture section. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Visual Editor)

By Madeline Barber | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2017

As a child, I was a stereotypical boy. I played in the dirt, my favorite toys were my Tonka trucks and I loved to break things. I wasn’t interested in “girl” things like sewing or nail polish, and my favorite color wasn’t pink. To my mother, there was no way I could be trans because I so eag...

GSWS major will make students more empathetic, tolerant

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

September 9, 2015

On the first day of my Gender Studies class, my professor walked us through the standard introductions — what are our names, years, majors but also ­— what were our preferred gender pronouns? A teacher had never asked me whether or not I was a he, she or a they. However, classes within the gender,...

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