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Understanding that a person’s pronouns may change over time, or may be fluid, meaning they change regularly depending on the day, can help to ensure you treat everyone around you with the utmost respect and understanding. (Photo via Unsplash)

Understanding and respecting the pronouns of others is fundamental

Oden Taylor, Editor-In-Chief May 20, 2021

Respecting other people’s pronouns is fundamental for developing professional and personal relationships. Understanding that a person’s pronouns may change over time, or may be fluid, meaning they...

On March 9, 2021, the  “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” release date was announced via Twitter along with its cover, created by Spanish–Croatian artist Filip Ćustić and featuring Lil Nas X as both Adam and God in a reinterpretation of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. (Photo courtesy of Filip Ćustić)

“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and its critique on LGBTQ-excluding Christianity

Gwen Mahler , Staff Writer May 10, 2021

When Lil Nas X released the corresponding music video to his new single, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” social media quickly flooded with reactions, with fans praising him and onlookers demonizing...

With the rise of public social media platforms, an introduction to sexuality traits and stereotypes, more and more members of younger generations understand their sexuality. (Photo via Unsplash)

Social media: The coming out story

Julie Blunt, Staff Writer May 8, 2021

Genesis 1:27-28: "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill...

Twitch is a worldwide live streaming platform used for different types of entertainment. People are using it to raise money for charities and organizations as the pandemic has brought on more tragedies and hardships these past 12 months. (Photo via Unsplash)

How content creators are using their platforms for the greater good

Julie Blunt, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

About six months ago, a young teen decided to start streaming and uploading “Minecraft” gaming videos. With his Gen Z humor and a following of only a few people, he thought that was as good as it could...

As of October 2020, all students and employees can now indicate their gender pronouns in eServices. Any changes made reflect in Canvas and on official rosters. (Photo illustration by Ariel Caspar)

ARC provides option to select gender pronouns in learning platforms

Ariel Caspar, Editor-In-Chief December 14, 2020

Earlier this semester, it was announced district-wide through various mass communication platforms—including the American River College website—that in recognition of the Los Rios Community College...

From members of our law enforcement, to politicians, to the founders of hate groups, the intolerant believe that challenging them and their views is a form of intolerance. (Photo from of pixabay.com)

Tolerance does not require tolerating the intolerant

Alexander Musa, Staff Writer October 30, 2020

On Oct. 14, my article about the challenges of identity and ethics facing journalists today went live on the Current’s website. The following day, Wayne Lela, founder of an anti-LGBTQ+ hate group, Heterosexuals...

The American River College Pride Center invites LGBTQ+ students to spill their tea by attending Communi-Tea Tuesdays, a virtual Pride Center Space, during the fall 2020 semester. (Photo courtesy of the ARC Pride Center)

Pride Center invites LGBTQ+ students to spill their tea

Oden Taylor, Feature Editor October 21, 2020

The American River College Pride Center is holding a weekly virtual event, Communi-Tea Tuesdays, as a way to help create a space for LGBTQ+ students to talk and share their experiences while they are away...

Asha Wilkerson, department chair of Legal Studies, and Sociology professor for the fall 2020 semester is co-teaching Introduction to Social Justice Studies (SJS 300) in a synchronous online course at American River College. The SJS 300 course is a required course for students majoring in social justice. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)

Social justice courses use history lessons to empower change

Ariel Caspar, Editor-In-Chief September 30, 2020

Over the last couple of years, the Los Rios Community College District has gone through an institutional redesign, with a commitment to the social justice and equity of all students who have experienced...

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center and the Gender Health Center stationed themselves in the Center’s parking lot on 20th and J Street in downtown Sacramento to provide medical supplies for protesters, on June 2, 2020. Volunteers assembled care kits that contained medical supplies, snacks, and water to be distributed for the demonstrators while they marched against police brutality. (Photo by Emily Mello)

Sacramento community joins up to collect donations to help with the fight for change

Heather Amberson, Staff Writer June 16, 2020

On a hot afternoon in early June, in a parking lot near the Sacramento LGBT Community Center in downtown Sacramento, individuals set up a donation tent, with two tables underneath it, each one stocked...

Ryan Sunzeri’s artwork hangs in the Pride Center at American River College after winning last year’s Lavender Art Show. The Lavender Art Show highlights art from ARC’s LGBTQ+ students and faculty and will be held on Feb. 24-26 in the Student Center. (Photo by Oden Taylor)

American River College Pride Center presents the 2020 Lavender Art Show

Oden Taylor February 19, 2020

The Lavender Art Show, put on by the American River College Pride Center, will take place in the Student Center Feb. 24-26. A reception is scheduled for the last day from 12-2 p.m. to announce the winners...

The Pride Center hosted a How to be an Ally event which focused on intersex individuals at American River College on Oct. 24. (Photo by Marquala Brown)

Pride Center offers guidance to being an ally to LGBTQ+ community

Marquala Brown November 21, 2019

The American River College Pride Center hosted a How to be an Ally to LGBTQ+ event to bring awareness and educate about the intersex community on Oct. 24. The Pride Center’s goal for the event, which...

Disagreeably, gay men are unable to donate blood regardless of their HIV status. (file photo)

Outdated homophobic policies on donating blood still plague society

Oden Taylor November 6, 2019

In the early ‘80s, rumors of a “gay disease” spread across America, completely misrepresenting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as something only gay people—specifically men—could contract....

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