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

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

Washington Square News

Tens of high school students march across a sidewalk in front of a building with a NYU banner on an overcast day. Two people are draped in the transgender flag, wearing it like a cape

Teenagers push for trans rights at Union Square vigil

A vigil-turned-march in Union Square on Friday commemorated the life of Brianna Ghey, a transgender teenager who was killed in England last week, before rallying for increased protections for transgender youth.
Griffin Eckstein, Contributing Writer February 20, 2023

Dozens gathered in Union Square on Friday, Feb. 17 to mourn the death of 16-year-old Brianna Ghey, a transgender girl who died in England earlier this month after being stabbed...

An interior view of the Bluestocking bookstore. In the foreground are shelves of comic books. On the wall is a painting of Julia de Burgos in brown. On the wall is text that reads “Soy La vida, La Fuerza, La Mujer,” which translates in English to “I am Life, Force and Woman.”

Finding comfort and community at Bluestockings Cooperative Bookstore

This queer, trans, and sex worker run bookstore moonlights as a cafe, free store and activist space.
Sunny Sequeira, Under The Arch Editor November 7, 2022

When I walked into Bluestockings Cooperative Bookstore, a radical bookstore in the Lower East Side, a couple Saturdays ago, I didn’t expect to leave with two pairs of trousers...

A group of protesters in Foley Square at the Civic Center. On the right, a black banner with the names of trans people of color painted in white. In the center behind a row of people is a banner with blue, white and pink details. On the right, a lady stands with a trans flag tied around her shoulders like a cape.

Opinion: It’s time to give trans people respect, agency and autonomy

Transphobic bills have continued to pass through state legislatures, but American democracy should be protecting transgender people, not oppressing them.
Aarna Dixit, Staff Writer March 23, 2022

On March 1, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed state officials to start handling certain medical treatments as child abuse crimes. These medical treatments include gender-affirming...

An illustration of hand turning a page of a print edition of WSN. The image on the front page is a smaller version of that illustration, suggesting infinite recursion.

Letter from the editor: On transition

Transitions are perpetual, uncomfortable and inevitable. Meet WSN's new editor-in-chief.
Alex Tey, Editor-in-Chief January 24, 2022

Dear readers, This is a strange time to be attending college. Last spring was mostly online, last fall was mostly in person, and now we’re in this in-between zone where...

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 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...

Alex Calkins is reflected, unwavering into the mirror, symbolizing the discrepancy between reality and perception of self.


A stylized portrait series featuring of one of New York’s up-and-coming artists.
Celia Tewey, Exposures Editor November 1, 2019


Adam Kashmiry and Rehanna MacDonald in Adam, the story of an Egyptian transgender mans reckoning with his gender identity. (Courtesy of the National Theatre of Scotland)

‘Adam’ Shines a Spotlight on the Trans Experience

The National Theatre of Scotland production, based on the life of star Adam Kashmiry, ran last weekend at Skirball.
February 19, 2019

Where the world stifles, theater liberates. “Adam,” which ran at the Skirball Center of the Performing Arts last weekend, tells the heroic journey of star Adam Kashmiry’s...

(Photo by Katie Peurrung)

Anesu Nyatanga | Love Actionably

Natalie Chinn, Culture Editor December 6, 2018

As members of SHADES trickle into the LGBTQ Center’s lounge for their biweekly meeting, Anesu Nyatanga invites them to grab an empanada and make themselves comfortable in...

A recreation of the poster held by Steinhardt senior August at a recent trans rights protest. (Photo Illustration by Tony Wu and Rachel Buigas-Lopez)

Trans Students Can’t Be Defined, Despite the Memo

The recent government memo regarding how gender should be officially described proposes a strictly biological definition.
Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Staff Writer November 12, 2018

Sweating and panting from a rehearsal with his dance crew, Keith walked over to his bag to dig out his phone. He had a five-minute break to check if he had missed anything from...

The LGBT Issue

The LGBT Issue

Laura Shkouratoff, Creative Director October 2, 2017
A selection of LGBT voices weigh in on some of the issues within and surrounding their community.