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Love has no face

By Anonymous

Someone help me, I can’t see,
I’m blind to what is clear and what is not supposed to be.

To see me ever leaving by holding what’s inside
The pain goes through my head and it’s ruining my mind

Lust is not Love and Love is not Lust
The way love is like something that doesn’t rust

The burning […]

Poetry, TORCH|

Child Brides

By Amy

There was a very recent article on Yahoo about child brides and the first legal annulment that took place in India for an 18-year old female, Laxmi Sargara. She was wedded to her potential groom when she was one because her parents relied on financial support from the groom’s family. For her to receive […]

Lobby Day

By Theresa

Last week on Tuesday April, 17, I went up to Albany with other TORCH Peer Leaders to lobby for reproductive rights. It was my first time lobbying in Albany and meeting with pro-choice elected officials. Our goal was to get these elected officials to support the passage of the Reproductive Health Act. The Reproductive […]

Gay Blood

By Morgan

Every year since my sixteenth birthday, I have donated blood at my school’s annual blood drive. Each time I donate blood, I have to fill out an extensive questionnaire which requires donors to divulge personal information about their sex lives- their gay male sex lives, in particular. It is made very clear by clinicians and by the New York Blood Center itself that males who have had sex with another male, even once, are not allowed to donate blood, nor are females who have had sex with a male who has had sex with a male. The justification for such a rule is that it is a preventative measure intended to ensure that no recipients of blood donations contract HIV/ AIDS. […]

Civil rights, TORCH, Uncategorized|

False Information On BET?! No, Never That

By Tamara

All of a sudden I’m a TV fanatic; I went from not watching at all to watching it all. I was watching The Game on BET on Tuesday night; I watched encores all night. At one point it dawned on me that Melanie, the main character, was devastated that she could not have children […]

Abortion, TORCH|

Reality

By Lucia

Lies always ended with byes.
I always asked myself why lie if the truth will always come out.
Why hurt people & tore their heart out.
Why tell them that you love them if you don’t mean it.
Why leave the one you love for the one you like if the one you like will hurt you […]

Poetry, TORCH|

America Has Lost It; Trayvon Martin Fatally Shot

By Zeeva

On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a young African-American teen was fatally shot by a biracial 28-year-old man by the name of George Zimmerman. He was walking to a relative’s house in Sanford, Florida from a convenience store where he bought a can of Arizona Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles. Zimmerman asserted […]

Civil rights, TORCH|

Why is it a crime to be black?

By Armanis

In the news I heard about Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed because he was black and wearing a hoodie. A Hispanic/Latino man saw him and shot and killed him and has not been arrested for it. Here is a link that will give you the full story if you haven’t already heard […]

Civil rights, TORCH|

Shahs of Sunset Premiered This Weekend

By Tamara

It’s very rare, but I actually got the chance to watch some TV this weekend. I started off watching Real Housewives of Atlanta when the premiere of a new show came on afterwards. In my oblivion to what shows are even on TV anymore, I watched Shahs of Sunset. I found it particularly interesting […]

TORCH|

My Experience Getting Tested

By Donte

Recently I got tested at my local health care provider (HCP) office. I took an HIV test. The feeling of getting tested and finding out that you’re HIV negative is a great experience, knowing that I’m not infected. But if I was to be HIV positive, it would still be nice to know that […]

Sex, Sex education, TORCH|