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Brandon Thomas

Brandon Thomas is a graduate student at Towson University where he is majoring in Women and Gender Studies. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Political Science. He was the opinions editor for MTSU’s student-run newspaper The Sidelines and a co-founder of Sigma Phi Beta Colony, a queer-allied fraternity, on his campus and is currently the communications director for the national office. Brandon is an advocate of queer rights and focuses, in his writings, on how important self-critique is for the movement if progress within the movement is to be made.

You can follow him on Twitter @baxtertennyson, or on Tumblr at

Entries by Brandon Thomas

The Bravery of Michael Sam and Those Who Dare to Come Out

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:26 PM

It was the kiss seen around the world. In days past, Michael Sam and his partner have been the hot button topic everyone has been talking about. They have been praised by many and dehumanized by some. The rampant homophobia and racism that can be found across the internet doesn't...

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Once Upon a White Student Union

(8) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 5:01 PM

Remember last February when I declared that we needed to give our oppressed white, straight, Christian men some Valentine validation? Well I'm here again to declare that another special group of white men need our help. These men have been under tremendous pressure and anguish trying to start...

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From Margins to Sinner: My Experiences as a Queer Southerner Moving North

(7) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 5:14 PM

It has only been a week since I officially made my move from Nashville, Tenn., to attend Towson University near Baltimore, Md. I honestly didn't know what to expect. As the days went by, I decided to write little random "facts" that I learned about Towson through my astute and...

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Being Queer, Going Greek

(4) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 3:57 PM

It is my mission to chronicle the beginnings of my Greek experience as a Colony founder for Sigma Phi Beta. Hopefully, with articles like this one, GBT men who have never thought about going Greek will take a moment to think about it and join/start a chapter.

It was...

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Sharon Needles: Making Racist Comments After All?

(72) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 5:29 PM

In the weeks before the season finale of RuPaul's Drag Race, the gay blogosphere was abuzz with rumors that Sharon Needles had made racist comments. At the time, there wasn't any solid evidence to convict Ms. Needles in the court of public opinion, but a recent video has...

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Can Trans* People Be Non-Straight? (VIDEO)

(24) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 4:00 PM

In the video below, my boyfriend and I conduct a very "scientific" experiment to explore the possibility of an individual being able to be both trans* and non-straight. There is a perception in some circles that all trans* people are straight. I suppose it has to do with holding onto...

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To Phil Valentine: Shut Up About Race, Jeremy Lin, and Political Correctness

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 3:36 PM

In a recent article in the Murfreesboro Pulse shock jock and local conservative talk radio personality Phil Valentine ignorantly discussed the issue of the racist headline that showed up on ESPN about Jeremy Lin, a basketball player for the New York Knicks.

Yes, once again a white...

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Give Your Oppressed White, Straight, Christian Man a Valentine's Day Gift

(6) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 11:35 AM

It's almost that time of year again when our society -- or, rather, our corporations -- project a view of what true love should look like. Some like to call it Singles Awareness Day or, if they aren't single, Valentine's Day.

But each year on this special holiday, a...

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Yo, GOP Candidates, That's Racist!

(62) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 5:37 PM

Many of you may know the Tumblr blog, "Yo, Is This Racist?" For those of you who aren't Tumblr-savvy, the creator of this blog fields questions from average people who ask if certain aspects of their lives are racist or not.

While I can't give such lively commentary...

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Tennessee's Coming Storm of Anti-LGBT Legislation

(79) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 1:30 PM

The eyes of those committed to the progression of LGBT rights will be on the state of Tennessee this legislative session. Due to a Republican majority in the Tennessee General Assembly, we have seen a major regression when it comes to reaching equality in this state. Last session the Assembly...

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