Gay couples on Facebook!

Dear all,

After watching The Social Network, my Facebook experience has changed completely. The Social Network makes Facebook seem so much more intense and way more fun to be a part of. If you haven’t seen the movie yet I would recommend a family or friends movie night during this upcoming so-soon recess.

I just read an article on The Huffington Post that makes me even more proud of Facebook and its initiative to recognize so many faces around the world. Facebook, in an attempt to represent and include people of all walks of life, just included the options “in a domestic partnership” and “in a civil union” as relationship statuses to an already long list. A network of activist groups including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Human Rights Campaign, the Trevor Project, GLSEN and PFLAG came together as the Network of Support and pressed Facebook to make these necessary changes.

Facebook is Gay friendly.

This is wonderful because people of the LGBTQ community can now openly express their relationships on Facebook the way heterosexual couples had been allowed since Facebook began recognizing relationships. With this initiative, Facebook has come out as an ally of the Queer community. LGBTQ youth have used Facebook as a medium to come out, to be Gay rights activists, and to feel included in a larger network. Now, the adults in the community can find validation and honest portrayal of their relationships also.

Starting today, the U.S., Canada, France, the U.K. and Australia will incorporate these new statuses on Facebook. I hope that this will soon become a global reality as Facebook is meant to be.

Love always,

PS: Have a safe and sweet break!

Hawaii to pass Civil Unions!

The Hawaii house has just approved its civil unions bill by a vote of 31-19.

The next step is to get it approved by the Senate. The Illinois’ Senate approved legislation of a very similar bill recently. Furthermore, two civil union bills have been introduced this month in Rhode Island and Maryland. Gay marriage activism is running full swing in America right now. The chances of me celebrating this Valentine’s Day are more slim than the possibility of Senate vetoing this bill. Once the Senate approves the bill, it will go to Governor of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie, a supporter of civil unions.
Colors for Queers

The changes to this bill will include “jurisdiction in matters of annulment, divorce and separation in civil unions, as the court does over marriages,” said Joe.

This is a great way to start the year for Gay Rights Activism. I am very proud of Hawaii and hope to see changes in Maryland and Rhode Island soon-ish. My roommate, Skyler Kasko, who is from Maryland said, “O Rlly? SWEET!!” upon hearing about the civil union bill in Maryland.

Yay for Queers!

Peace, Love, & Smiles!

TRISK this week!

Triskelion (LGBTQA Alliance Group) is alive and back this semester with many exciting plans for Brandeisians. Last week, on Thursday, Trisk hosted Fruits for Fruits (and allies!) that allowed all in our community to reunite and give out countless warm totally trisk-type hugs. It was exciting to see so many midyears show up and get to know our LGBTQA community.

This week we are having Claire Naughton, a Bay State Stonewall Democrat come speak to us about Gay Rights Activism and how to be effective leaders with voices. Bay State Stonewall Democrats (BSSD) advocates within the Democratic Party on behalf of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) community. They promote the ideals and programs of the Democratic Party to the GLBT communities throughout Massachusetts. The meeting will be held in the ICC Lounge at 8 pm tomorrow (February 3rd). I hope to see many of you there!

Sex and Sexuality Symposium (SASS) is also having a meeting tomorrow about “Wearing Gender”. They will be talking about how our clothes define gender and make us behave differently. The meeting will be held at 3 pm in the ICC back lounge.

The QRC is also open now and I encourage you all to take advantage of this opportunity. The QRC is an amazing resource for our students and the counselors are all uniquely sweet and welcoming. QRC office is in the Trisk Lounge. Their hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday, 1-5 and Tuessday and Wednesday 1-8. Please, find them if you need to talk with someone about any issues you are having.

Harvard Kennedy School is hosting LGBTQ Human Rights in Palestine: A forum and discussion on Tuesday, February 8th at 6:30 pm. Abeer Monsour, a feminist, Palestinian, queer activist who is dedicated to promoting the inclusion of Palestinian queer women in Palestinian society, and Haneen Maikey, a 32-year-old Palestinian queer activist, lives and works in Jerusalem will be there to speak about Queer issues in Palestine. The forum will be in the Starr Auditorium on the 4th floor, in Belfing Building.

Lastly, MIT is hosting a LGBT[Q] Intercollegiate Dance Party Friday, February 11th 10 pm – 2 am. It will take place in MIT Student Center (Lobdell 2nd floor, room W20-208). It is open and free to all LGBT[Q] college students and allies. Let’s party with queer folks in Cambridge for Valentines! ?

Facebook event:

If you have any questions about any of these events please email Lenny Schnier at

Have a very colorful weekend but be safe!


Afzal 😀

Kindness Day!

Kindness is an act, a process, and/or a positive thought towards a friend, family member, partner, or the world. It is expressed in thousands of different ways. Whatever way we show our kindness, the reward is always a heartwarming feeling of self-gratitude. Here on campus, after having gone through Orientation Week and meeting new friends, it leaves me with no question that our students are extremely kind and respectful towards each other and the world. Even under stress, the students here manage to smile and greet each other with sweet compliments as they rush to class.

In this nationally-celebrated Kindness week, we get to acknowledge our kinder-selves and immerse our community in an even more amicable environment. We can become fully selfless and do the extraordinary things that members in participating groups in the Waltham Group always commit themselves to. This is the time for all of you to communicate how truly thankful you are for the friends you’ve made here, the faculty members, the employees in the dining services, and the Facilities’ workers. It takes not longer than a minute to write a postcard to someone you care for.

Tomorrow, Friday the 12th, is Kindness Day. Volunteers will be tabling all day in Shapiro Campus Center. Please stop by for a few minutes tomorrow to sign random acts of kindness cards, write a note to the workers, make signs to be hung up all around campus, and really good pie tasting!! It has been a great success thus far this week. Tomorrow should be revolutionary. =D

Thank you for all you do!!


Hi Ya’ All!

Hi ya’ all!

I’m Afzal Ullah and I’m a first-year science posse student here. I’m hoping to major in Biology and Psychology. People have asked, why not combine the two and major in Neuroscience? The short answer is, I don’t know much (of anything) about Neuroscience. This is why I’ll be taking Intro to Neuroscience next fall. Maybe I’ll minor in Journalism too!

In high school I was actively involved in the Environmentalist Club, the Bread and Roses Club -– a social justice posse devoted to diminishing child labor and unfair wages — and the Theatre Guild. I’ve also founded the Melting Pot, a magazine celebrating the diversity my old high school had to offer. On campus I’ve joined the Triskelion, the Hoot and now Innermost Parts.

In the next four years I hope to know exactly what I want in life – where do I want to live as an adult, where do I want to work, what do I want to eat (meat or fish?), what and who do I believe in, what friends do I want to hold on to.

With Innermost Parts I’m hoping to set up a platform for when I need to get to my fellow Brandeisians, and express my most opinionated feelings and make my followers happy. I would like to focus on topics that involve self-esteem, relationships, LGBTQA interests, and anything else that will find my readers joy and keep Brandeis progressing.