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What the new option for "X" gender United States passports means for transgender, nonbinary and intersex people

(11/08/21 5:00am)

The United States issued its first passport with an “X” gender marker Oct. 27. This milestone is the product of a lengthy legal battle waged by military veteran and activist Dana Zzyym. When Zzyym, an intersex person born with ambiguous sexual characteristics, applied for a passport in 2014, the U.S. State Department denied their application because of their request for a neutral gender marker (despite the existence of extensive medical certification and Zzyym’s gender-neutral birth certificate). Zzym filed a lawsuit in 2015, which they eventually won; now, almost seven years since their initial application, they’ve finally received their passport. 

From the C1 to the Shooters cage, here are eight haunting Duke-inspired Halloween costume ideas

(10/25/21 6:00pm)

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably still on the hunt for a Halloween costume. No shame — a midterm week directly before Halloween week is definitely not an ideal combination — but the fact remains that time’s running out to pick the perfect outfit for whatever costume party you’re attending this weekend. As you search through Buzzfeed listicles and Target racks, consider: why not dress up with a little Duke spirit this year? And no, I’m not talking “sexy Blue Devil.” Here are some spooky Duke University-themed Halloween costumes to show off your school spirit and terrify your classmates.