Category: Lifestyle

“Cheer up, emo kid!” was a common, cheerfully spoken phrase used by many highschoolers in the early 2000s. This was the start of the era of asymmetrical multicolored hair, skinny jeans, studded belts, and eyeliner for all. Band t-shirts were worn as badges of pride, bad poetry and mixed CDs were swapped and pored over. Emo (which stands for Emotion) was a peculiar musical trend for a number of years, evolving from the goth and punk subcultures of the 80s and 90s. Early adopters had the good fortune to be raised alongside Myspace, a platform you might not be familiar with if your kids are younger than 20.
This means Father’s Day, the Global Day of Parents (bet you didn’t know about that one, eh?), and of course, Pride Month. Gay Pride events have amassed millions of attendees in the years since, and serve as a safe place for self-expression and increased visibility of the gay community and its allies. The acronym continues to evolve, now most commonly seen as LGBTQ+ (standing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus allies). There’s been a relatively dramatic increase in youths in America identify as gay, bi, or trans in the past several years. While approximately 5% of the adult population identifies as LGBT, almost 16% of Gen-Z and 9.1% of Millennials do. The reasons for this self-identification are numerous and potentially complex.
You may not be able to pick him out of a lineup, you may not have heard a single one of his chart-topping songs, you might not know who he’s dating (spoiler alert, it’s Olivia Wilde, saved you a click). But chances are that once you know who he is, you won’t be able to get away from him. Harry “Watermelon Sugar” Styles, British pop icon that rocketed to fame while barely leaving puberty behind, seems to be no stranger to controversy.