The Torch

Looking Back on Rev. James Martin’s Talk

Looking Back on Rev. James Martin’s Talk

Dara Burke, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Nov 8, Jesuit priest Reverend James Martin, who was appointed as a consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications by Pope Francis, visited campus to give a talk. During the lecture, titled “Building a Bridge: Reaching Out to LGBT Catholics,” Martin discussed his similarly-titl...

De Blasio’s mandate sparks change

Cheyanne Gonzales, General Manager

March 16, 2016


Filed under Opinion

New York City is globally known for their support for the gay community and fighting for equal rights. On March 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio mandated that people have access to all public facilities that coincide with their gender identity. He spoke about how New Yorkers have an “obligation” to lead the...

Across the SPECTRUM

Across the SPECTRUM

Talia Tirella, News Editor

September 24, 2014


Filed under Home Scroll, News

There is now a formally recognized LGBTQ group at St. John’s.  It’s called Spectrum, and they say they intend to focus on inclusiveness, increasing awareness and their four pillars of support, education, service and faith. Although the Spectrum group itself has been two years in the making, the...

LGBTQ Students Welcomed at SPECTRUM Initiative’s BBQ – Members Share Hopes for the Program’s Future

LGBTQ Students Welcomed at SPECTRUM Initiative’s BBQ – Members Share Hopes for the Program’s Future

Bill Pham, Staff Writer

September 10, 2014


Filed under Home Scroll, News

As new members and allies of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community prepared for a new school year, the SPECTRUM Initiative leadership team was busy organizing a small surprise for them. On Thursday, Sept. 4, SPECTRUM, a working initiative comprised of students...

College Dems to Talk GSA with Admin

Anthony O'Reilly, News Editor

March 6, 2013


Filed under News, On campus

Members of the University chapter of the College Democrats are preparing to meet with administrators in hopes of convincing them to create a student-run gay-straight alliance on campus. The upcoming meeting comes on the heels of the group circulating a petition on campus over the last two weeks in...

SGI Prez says LGBTQ Org ‘Possible,’ then Recants

Michael E. Cunniff, Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2013


Filed under Home Scroll, News, On campus, Top Stories

The president of Student Government, Inc. Tuesday opened the door, albeit temporarily, to a student-run gay-straight alliance on campus, telling the Torch that “anything’s possible” when it comes to an LGBTQ organization being approved by SGI. “As long as they have a clear mission and plan...

Students, Admins at Odds Over GSA

Kieran Lynch, Features Editor

February 13, 2013


Filed under Home Scroll, News

Gay rights advocates won a symbolic victory when Notre Dame announced in December the approval of a student-run, university-funded LGBTQ organization on campus starting this semester. Many in the St. John’s LGBTQ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning) and its advocates...

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