Alisa Walsh

Stony Brook, NY Creative Writer/Poet Intern at Shades of Long Island

Women of Color to Watch Out For in 2021 Olympics

Women of Color to Watch Out For in 2021 Olympics

After surviving threats of cancellation and a year long postponement, the 2021 Summer Olympics hosted in Tokyo is merely two weeks away. With the addition of Karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing and the return of baseball and softball, there is much to anticipate this summer.  Big name athletes such as four-time Olympic Gold Medal …

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Long Island Drag Culture - What's Hot What's Not and How it's a Form of Self-Expression

Long Island Drag Culture – What’s Hot What’s Not and How it’s a Form of Self-Expression

What started as a form of minstrel entertainment in the late 1800s, Drag culture is now one of the most renowned aspects of the gay community. With the aid of the media, the popularity of drag in the United States has been on a steady incline and is thriving. While Long Island Drag is hot …

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The Loud Majority Rallies Conservatives On Long Island in Growing Numbers

The Loud Majority Rallies Conservatives On Long Island in Growing Numbers

The radical Right wing of Long Island has been on the move, taking over Board of Education elections and clogging up Jericho turnpike with their rallies since September of 2020. The Loud Majority, founded by Long Island resident Shawn Farash and Kevin Smith is a Conservative organization with over 6,000 committed members, dedicated to giving …

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Gen Z Shares their Experiences Growing Up Black and Gay On Long Island

Gen Z Shares their Experiences Growing Up Black and Gay On Long Island

One notable aspect of Pride Month is its celebration of diversity amongst the diverse. Queer people of all different ethnic backgrounds, abilities and denominations come together during this time of year to empower each other. But once the celebration is over, many LGBTQ individuals find themselves having to hide a piece of their identity due …

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Long Island Drag Queen Naomi, the Crown Jewel of the Hamptons Has Overcome Hardship and Has a Vital Message For LGBTQ+ Youth

We can all agree that Long Island is no San Francisco when it comes to celebrating Pride. But local queer activists and residents have been working to uplift Long Island’s LGBTQ community, and to create a safe space for each generation. Active LGBT Network volunteer, Drag icon and Sag Harbor resident Robert Kohnken knows what …

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This Photographer is Carving Out Her Own Lane in a White Dominated Industry

In today’s social climate, it’s hard to find a moment of beauty within the chaos erupting in our own communities. Despite the odds, 19-year-old Photographer Shannah Greene from Baldwin creates her own moments of beauty and uses her talent behind the camera to share them with all those who look her way. Greene, a young …

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Artist Marina Khan Puts Her Underrepresented South Asian and Muslim Culture On Full Display

Long Island resident and former Commack high school student, Marina Khan is one of the many underrepresented talents existing in our community today. With plenty of awards and past museum exhibits to prove it, Khan’s passion for art and painting has proven to be exceedingly impressive. As a Pakistani-American, Muslim and eldest daughter of two …

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