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The Georgia Tech Shooting: LGBT Leader Killed By Campus Police, Raising Questions on Mental Health Initiatives



By now, many of us have already heard about the death of Scout Schultz, a Georgia Tech student leader and active member of the LGBT community. Schultz was gunned down by campus police on the Tech campus on Saturday, September 16, 2017. In a cell phone video, Scout, who reportedly identified as intersex, transgender, bisexual, and non-binary, can be seen shouting, “Shoot me!” at campus police officers and walking slowly toward them. The officers can be heard telling Schultz to “drop the knife,” and stating that “nobody wants to hurt you,” and asking, “What’s your name?” When it appears that Schultz does not respond, an officer can be heard shouting, “Speak!”

But it seems that Schultz did not speak and instead, continued to advance, walking towards officers. Gunshots can then be heard ringing out, with a student (either Schultz or another) screaming.

The video, which has been widely shared on social media, is graphic in nature and difficult to watch. Besides the obvious, jarring sounds of gunshots, perhaps the most disturbing moment is when an officer shouts “Speak!” only to be met with silence.

The violence that started with Schultz and continued throughout a memorial vigil planned for them begs many questions; but the two most prevalent questions among students, alumni, and the greater Atlanta and LGBTQ+ community alike are: why are Georgia Tech campus police armed with guns and not tasers or mace? And what is happening with student mental health on the Tech campus?

Schultz was in their fourth year at Georgia Tech, working towards a degree in computer engineering and minoring in biomedical engineering. Schultz was President of the Pride Alliance at Tech, and was, according to their parents, “a very loving and caring and empathetic person.” However, this was not, unfortunately, the first time Schultz’s demons plagued them; two years ago, Schultz attempted suicide by hanging and had to subsequently spend time in therapy for their anxiety and depression.

Now, students – both current and alumni – are hoping that some good will come out of Schultz’s death, and bring to light the oft-inhumane pressures of attending the well-known Public Ivy school.

Marta Correa, a Georgia Tech alum who is now studying law, stated that she was not surprised by the recent events that took place on campus, and confirmed the high-pressure lifestyle and need to achieve that Tech promotes.

“Georgia Tech didn’t start my anxiety and depression, but when you group a bunch of brand-new adults [together]with no supervision, shit bubbles to the surface,” Correa stated.

“I knew I needed to talk to someone about the anxiety that literally controlled everything I did, and I knew from orientation that Tech does have some kind of mental health department. When I called to schedule an appointment, they quoted me a month [out]for a consultation. I thankfully had the resources to seek help elsewhere, but if that was your only option to seek help, those students really suffered.”

Correa went on to state that the administration’s competitive nature leads them into pushing students to “crash and burn out” with “nowhere else to turn.” Georgia Tech wants to compete with schools like Cal Tech, UC Berkeley, and other major institutions known for their academic strengths – but at what cost to its students?

Sources state that Tech has tried to cover up school suicides in the past, and it seems to have worked; in fact, suicides at the school were apparently so numerous that there is an almost-secretive, “little-known” ceremony held for those students that died within that year. Any other information was spoken about in whispers and rumors and in Reddit forums, according to our sources.

Tech does appear to be taking allegations that other students are bringing forth seriously, and President G.P. “Bud” Peterson said that he is implementing “Action Teams,” the purpose of which would be to “identify concerns, issues, and potential solutions” to health and safety issues. The President also stated he is establishing a monetary fund at Tech where individuals and organizations can donate to mental health initiatives and campus wellness programs for faculty, staff, and students, as well as additional training for Campus Police. This initiative has already raised a $1 million endowment, with further monetary gifts being accepted.

The hope at Georgia Tech appears to be one that is filled with good intent; that a student can be asked, instead of commanded, to speak, and that when asked, an answer will be given, as opposed to being silenced forever.

Originally posted 2017-10-12 17:01:22.

Anna Jones is a freelance writer, editor, and producer living in Atlanta, GA by way of Los Angeles. She owns a copywriting agency called Girl.Copy, and an independent film studio called Tiny Park Productions. She has been a professional writer for over 10 years, and four of those years were spent working for famous fashion bloggers and/or corporate fashion giants as a copywriter, like Hautelook and Nordstrom. She loves coffee, traveling, spending time with her family, and taking herself on solo sushi-and-beer dates.

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  1. Joe

    October 13, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Please attend any police training day to understand how ludicrous it is to suggest that mace or taser has any real effect on an affected person with a knife who will most probably end up taking your life because you had no real deterrent to them.

    • Lynne Schultz

      October 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

      It’s called Crisis Invervention Training, which you will not see in typical police training because it is optional, not mandatory. Officers with this training disarmed a man with a machete in 2010, in another case it was a samurai sword. Nurses routinely take down mentally ill men twice their size with no guns. If nurses arr not afraid to do it, then police should have the courage of nurses.

      • Lynne Schultz

        October 16, 2017 at 11:45 am

        oops, website is (forums not boards, sorry)

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Trump’s Trans Military Ban



The LGBTQ community has made significant progress in terms of equality. A person was not allowed to be openly gay in the US military until former president Obama repealed the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in September of 2011. Gay men and women are now allowed to be out, proud, and active members of the military. Unfortunately, this is not the case for transgender individuals. On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, president Donald Trump tweeted that transgender people are not allowed to serve in the armed forces “in any capacity.”











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How alarming! This is a clear violation of human rights and extremely detrimental to the fight for equality for the LGBTQ community. (We also have to appreciate the irony of the tweets considering that on July 26, 1948, former president Truman desegregated the military).

What Trump is basically saying is that allowing transgender people in the military would be a financial detriment. I’m assuming that he is referring to the cost of hormones for transgender people. What he doesn’t realize that the cost of hormones is significantly less than what the military is paying for medications such as Viagra. According to the United Press International, the US military spends ten times more on erectile dysfunction medication than transgender care. 

So, what does this mean? Well, it may mean any number of things:

  1. Trump has no idea what he’s talking about
  2. He’s pandering to the conservative right
  3. He’s transphobic

Who really knows? Whatever the reason, it is definitely a step back for equality. However, hope is not lost as many people are taking a stand against Trump’s ban. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga had some things to say about this ban.




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Lady Gaga is not the only person fighting against Trump’s un-American ban. The Human Rights Campaign, or HRC, is fighting for the rights of transgender people, saying that the ban is an “all-out assault on service members” and that the ban would affect approximately 15,000 currently serving troops. This will clearly have a negative impact on the US military as it consists of millions of brave men and women who fight for the freedom of the American citizens and losing even one soldier due to bigotry can cause the military to weaken.











The American Civil Liberties Union, or UCLA, is also fighting against Trump’s ban.

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Don’t give up hope! This ban is definitely a step in the wrong direction and it hopefully won’t spiral into something even more horrible which is why it is very important that we speak out against this hateful action. Voice your outrage anywhere where your voice can be heard and stand with the transgender community during this trying time, use the hashtag #protecttranstroops on Twitter, repeat the maxim “trans people are not a burden,” and fight for what is right. It may not be easy but as long as we fight, the rights of transgender individuals can and will be protected.






Originally posted 2017-07-28 21:19:21.

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48 Hours in Mexico City



Mexico City is a sprawling metropolis full of color and culture. You could easily spend a month there and still not get to see and experience everything the city has to offer. If you only have a weekend, you can get a taste of Mexico City’s delights, but be warned – you will probably be booking your next trip as soon as you arrive home.

With more museums than any other city in the world, amazing architecture, a scintillating LGBTQ scene, delicious street food and many other attractions, Mexico City is one of the most exciting cities on the planet.

Getting There

Juarez International Airport is located eight miles from Mexico City. If you arrive late at night, it is advisable to take an official taxi to the downtown area. During the day, the metro is a good alternative.

Getting Around

Mexico City’s metro system is extensive and one of the cheapest underground systems in the world. Having said that, it isn’t the most comfortable of transport options during rush hour. Taxis are cheap, but make sure you take one from the official sitio taxi stands or use Uber.

Day One

Start the day with Huevos Rancheros, a classic Mexican breakfast – tortillas, fried eggs, salsa and refried beans. Try Café El Popular (5 de Mayo esq Palmas, just off the Zocalo). It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists and has a diner-style ambiance.

After a hearty breakfast, head to the charming neighbourhood of Coyoacan. The number one attraction here is La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo’s house, which has now been turned into a museum. It provides a fascinating insight into the life of artist Frida and her husband Diego Rivera.

The garden in La Casa Azul

Afterwards, you could head around the corner to the house where the exiled Leon Trotsky lived the last year of his life. It was there that he was murdered by an assassin in his study. In contrast to Frida’s colorful abode, it is an austere house which has been changed little since Trotsky lived there, but is an intriguing slice of political history.

Coyoacan Plaza is a great place to sample some tasty street food. At weekends, it is particularly lively with food and handicraft stalls. There is often live music, adding to the festive atmosphere. It feels like small town Mexico in the heart of the big city.

Back in Centro Historico, take a stroll around the huge main plaza, the Zocalo, the second largest public square in the world after Russia’s Red Square. There are plenty of museums, shops and cool street art to explore in the surrounding areas.

La Catrina, the iconic skeleton lady

El Balcon del Zocalo is a perfect place for dinner. The restaurant has a rooftop terrace, bestowed with spectacular views of the cathedral and Zocalo. It has an international, Mexican and veggie friendly menu.

For a taste of Mexican style nightlife, head to Calle Amberes at Paseo de la Reforma in Zona Rosa. This area is the hub of the LGBTQ scene in Mexico City. Have a wander and take your pick of the many bars and clubs that line the street.

Day Two

Pasteleria Ideal (Calle 16 de Septiembre 18, Col. Centro) could be the largest and most heavenly bakery you have ever seen. The choice of baked goods, both sweet and savory, are a feast for the eyes and as the name suggests, is an ideal place to grab some pastries. With breakfast and coffee in hand, make tracks to Alameda Park and find a bench to sit to enjoy your first meal of the day and partake in a spot of people-watching. You can’t miss the opulent architecture of Palacio de Belles Artes, the grandest building in Mexico City.

Just across the road (Calle Revillagigedo 11, Cuauhtemoc), check out the Popular Art Museum. Housed in an ex-fire station, this contemporary museum is full of colorful Mexican folk art. It’s fun and quirky and the exhibits range from Day of the Dead skulls and skeletons to vibrant piñatas.

Museum of Popular Art – fun and quirky

La Ciudadela is an artisan market (Calle de Balderas, s/m Centro, 06040 Cuauhtemoc). It specializes in Mexican handicrafts from 0axacan fantasy animals to beautifully decorated skulls. Prices are reasonable and you are bound to find something that catches your eye.

Even if you have never considered attending a wrestling match before, lucha libre is a unique Mexican experience and not-to-be-missed. (Arena Mexico,189 Calle Dr. Lavista, Colonia Doctores).  Regular sessions are held on Tuesday and Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The atmosphere is electric and whole families attend shouting abuse at the bad guys and cheering for their heroes.  

Round off your time in Mexico City with some tequila shots and mariachi music at a bar on Plaza Garibaldi. The haunting sound of roving mariachi bands echo around the square, as you reflect on two action-packed days in this amazing city.

Tequila shots at the ready!


Originally posted 2017-07-29 11:22:36.

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Love It, Leave It: The Portland, OR Edition



Back to the Pacific NW, a not-so-secret favorite destination of mine. It very well could be that I’m just all jazzed up off of increased oxygen levels (man, they have a lot of trees), but I swear that everything tastes better out there. I constantly imagine tiny gnomes in tweed hats and hemp-based sweaters pulling out the freshest, organic vegetables from the depths of the soil. Albeit slightly far-fetched, this fictional scene will hopefully help you imagine just how epic the Portland food landscape is. But, there are two things (that just so coincidentally happen to be my favorite) we should focus on for now: brews and doughnuts.

Love It: Breakside Brewery. Blue Star Donuts.

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Breakside Brewery: With two locations in this quirky town, Breakside is a hipster mecca churning out solid craft brews and hearty, standout dishes. The newest spot in Slabtown (what a weird, yet endearing Portland name) is a boisterous, bi-level warehouse, that was jam packed on a Sunday afternoon. While most were throwing back some pints (most likely IPAs, since the list is bursting with them), plenty came just for the food. The brewery sources organic seasonal produce and meats; and while menus at breweries are often there solely to help combat hours of drinking, this one is a solid partner, justly accompanying the top-notch beers. The Bavarian pretzel is one of epic proportions — a woman from the table over asked if she could come over just for a photo. And, the fried chicken biscuit sandwich was gone so fast from my plate…but also from the menu since it’s only served from “3 p.m. ‘til gone.”











Blue Star Donuts: A hotly debated topic in Portland just so happens to be one near and dear to my heart (and stomach): doughnuts. I was told by locals on my first visit that these are the “grown up” doughnuts. I agreed once I took a spin around the BSD website — wooing me with phrases like “brioche recipe,” “cage-free eggs” and “the dough takes 18 hours to make.” Well, I wanted all of that, immediately. And what a coincidence, there’s one just a few minutes away from Breakside Brewery. I’d advise snagging a maple bacon or blueberry bourbon basil — or any beautifully baked ring ‘cause they’re so delicious — and sample en route to your future beer tasting. Carbs are your friends.

Leave It: Rogue Distillery and Public House

It’s not without a sad face emoji that this Rogue outpost turned out to be a big miss for me. Back east, I’ve drunk everything from the classic Dead Guy Ale to offbeat collabs with Blue Star rival, Voodoo Doughnuts. The core of Rogue was present, with plenty of beers on tap to sample, but the ambiance was non-existent and the menu was stacked with uninspired bar food. My original excitement for the poutine shortly faded after just a few bland bites. I’d say if you’re looking for the true Rogue experience and you just so happen to be headed toward the Oregon Coast, the original Public House (originally the Bayfront Brewery) and a newer, bi-level brewpub are nestled in the quaint coastal town of Newport. These locales may serve for a more authentically ‘Rogue’ experience.

Originally posted 2017-07-26 18:18:16.

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