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This Week in Culture/Arts
Written by: Rhiannon S. Cox
Published: January 28, 2022
First LGBTQ Museum Scheduled to Open in Historic London Neighborhood
The charity Queer Britain has announced that a new museum dedicated to LGBTQ history will be opening in the King’s Cross neighborhood of London. The location of King’s Cross is fitting for a dedicated LGBTQ museum. In the 1980’s and 90’s, King’s Cross was known for its queer nightlife scene, gathering of activists, as well as being a safe haven during the AIDS crisis (Smithsonian Magazine 2022). While other museums in the UK do have select collections relating to LGBTQ history, this museum will be the first to be specifically dedicated to the topic.
The museum will feature four galleries, a workshop, a gift shop, offices, as well as a space for education based programs. The goal of the museum is to celebrate the stories that built the LGBTQ community into what it is today. Even within the LGBTQ community, some voices are prioritized over others. However, museum organizers seek to uplift the stories of people of color, women, and trans people within the community (Dazed 2022). Notably, this museum will not be charging admission fees in order to make learning about the LGBTQ community accessible to everyone. Instead, they will be taking donations and holding fundraisers to financially support the program. Currently, it is unknown what programs and exhibitions will be featured during the museum’s opening in Spring 2022.
This Week in Politics
Written by: Alex Sanchez
Published: January 28, 2022
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Set to Retire
83-year-old Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is set to retire, opening the door for President Biden to appoint his first Supreme Court Justice(CNN). Reportedly Breyer plans to stay in his position until a replacement is found for him, but who will that replacement be?
Many Americans are ready to see more diversity in the Supreme Court and it seems President Biden is ready for that as well. “US President Joe Biden has affirmed that he will appoint a black woman to the top US court for the first time in history” (BBC News). With the appointment to be made in late February, there are already a few main contenders for the replacement of Stephen Breyer. Ketanji Brown Jackson is a 51-year-old African American judge who is currently serving on the US Court of Appeals for the “DC Circuit”. In the same role that 3 current judges had previously served on, she is a heavy contender for the soon-to-be vacant Supreme Court Justice seat. 45-year-old Leondra Kruger who is currently in her 8th year serving the California Supreme Court is also another heavy contender for the position. Whoever it may be, it seems we will not only be guaranteed a younger justice but a woman of color as well.
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