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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

Someone with brown hair and blue eyes is lying down on grass. She is wearing white pants and a black, harness-like crop top.

Q&A: MAY-A on queer artistry and current tour

Australian indie-rock sensation MAY-A has been rising in global popularity. She sat down with WSN to talk about the power of queer art, representation behind the scenes and her upcoming show at Baby’s All Right on Oct. 26.
Tess McLafferty, Contributing Writer October 20, 2023

22-year-old music sensation MAY-A is already flourishing as she challenges the status quo, and she’s only a few years into the game. One look at her work is enough to give you...

Actor Taika Waititi has black and gray hair, a long beard and a black jacket. His left hand is holding actor Rhys Darby by the neck. Darby has blonde hair and has his mouth opened in a panicked expression.

Review: ‘Our Flag Means Death’ revives piracy with a queer twist

The HBO Max show combines romantic comedy and historical drama to create absurd shenanigans and campy gore that are sure to entertain.
Sunny Sequeira, UTA Staff Editor April 18, 2022

Spoiler warning: This article includes spoilers for “Our Flag Means Death.” Pirates most often evoke images of skulls, swords and scurvy. Rarely are impassioned singers,...

Protesters gathered in front of New York City Hall holding signs saying Mayor Adams: Keep Your God Out Of Our Government and We Need Faith Based Not Faith Debased.

New Yorkers rally against anti-LGBTQ+ mayoral appointees

More than 100 demonstrators protested in front of New York City Hall in opposition to the hirings of Gilford Monrose, Erick Salgado and Fernando Cabrera by Mayor Eric Adams.
Pashmina Khan, Contributing Writer February 28, 2022

Around 150 protesters gathered outside of New York City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 24 calling to rescind the appointment of three pastors to Mayor Eric Adams’ administration. The...

When asked how he approached photographing the sex educator, Jason Turner explained, When I think of sex, I still think of love. I suppose these pictures show that side of it all. (Photo by Jason Turner)

Tara Jones: sex educator and advocate

College of Arts & Science senior is calling for comprehensive sex education centering around black and queer voices.
Rachel Mashambanhaka, Contributing Writer December 10, 2021

When I first sat down with Tara Jones in Jurow Lecture Hall, my mind was racing with all the questions I wanted to ask. She was “the Sex Educator,” according to her Instagram....

After seeing his first drag show in New York, Gary began performing in drag himself as a creative outlet. (Photo by Sofia Lopez Arredondo)

From the fringes to the spotlight: The art of NYC drag

NYU students explore their identities through drag performance.
Vivian Stockley, Contributing Writer November 24, 2021

Drag queens were some of Andy Warhol’s favorite muses. According to him, drag queens used to be “on the fringes” of heteronormative American society, but when the sexual...

The annual Trans Day of 
Remembrance is a chance to memorialize those lost and to stand up for those still living. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: Do us justice with your trans remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance, commemorated on Nov. 20 each year, is a day for mourning and honoring trans people lost to a transphobic society. If you’re a trans ally, you need to carefully consider where your remembrance is coming from.
Alex Tey, Deputy Managing Editor November 20, 2021

Content warning: This article discusses transphobia, murder and suicide. Founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in memory of Rita Hester, a Black trans woman murdered the previous...

NYU’s LGBTQ+ Center and Global Spiritual Life hosted Black trans activist and award-winning writer Raquel Willis for a panel discussing excellence in the Black trans community. During the panel, Willis spoke about her recent projects that aimed to humanize trans victims of violence and discrimination. (Image via

Black trans activist Raquel Willis talks resistance and remembrance

NYU’s LGBTQ+ Center began Trans Awareness Week with a panel featuring Raquel Willis, an award-winning writer and activist.
Kristian Burt and Suhail Gharaibeh November 16, 2021

Activist and writer Raquel Willis joined NYU’s LGBTQ+ and Global Spiritual Life centers Monday evening for a panel discussion about her views on activism and spirituality as...

Greenwich Village is home to many historic queer bars and restaurants, such as The Stonewall Inn in the West Village. Although the neighborhood’s history draws LGBTQ+ applicants to NYU every year, the university still needs to make improvements for its LGBTQ+ students. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

The complexities of being LGBTQ+ at NYU

The vibrant queer culture at NYU and in Greenwich Village is often a draw for prospective LGBTQ+ students. However, the reality of being queer at NYU remains complex.
Aria Young, Contributing Writer November 4, 2021

Located in Greenwich Village, a historic hub of queer culture, NYU portrays its environment as diverse and accepting of LGBTQ+ students. Although the neighborhood’s history draws...

NYU students, faculty and staff can now have their university ID cards reprinted to reflect chosen names and gender-affirming photos. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

NYU offers free new ID cards to reflect chosen names, updated photos

The university’s Card Center will now help students, faculty and staff better reflect their gender identities with updated ID cards.
Alex Tey and Vinith Yedidi October 22, 2021

To better support the gender expression of students, faculty and staff, NYU community members can now have their university identification cards reprinted for free with a chosen...

Weinstein Residence Hall is located at 5 University Pl. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Weinstein occupation. (Staff Illustration by Alexandra Chan, Photo by Sara Miranda)

NYU Remembers 50th Anniversary of Weinstein Occupation Today

The anniversary has sparked reflection and hopes that the university will apologize for its legacy on LGBTQ+ rights.
Roshni Raj, Deputy News Editor September 25, 2020

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Weinstein occupation — a five-day sit-in for the LGBTQ+ community at NYU’s Weinstein Residence Hall, starting Sept. 25, 1970. At the...

We Need to Keep Fighting for Latinx Representation on TV

We Need to Keep Fighting for Latinx Representation on TV

Canceling a show which positively represented the diversity of Latinxs hurts more than just the Latinx community.
Emi Bonet, Contributing Writer April 15, 2019

When I first heard Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” was canceled after three seasons, I immediately picked up the phone and called my mom. It is the show we would always binge-watch...

Acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine, who will be speaking with Layli Long Soldier at the New School on Friday. (via

A Starving Artist’s Guide to Arts Events This Weekend: Mar. 1 to 3

Stay entertained this weekend for $20 or less.
Alex Cullina, Books & Theater Editor February 28, 2019

With Oscars season finally over and the first of the summer blockbusters still months away, we’re in a bit of an entertainment doldrums at the moment. If you want to keep yourself...