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Author: Casey Hoke

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Casey Hoke is an artist and activist from Louisville, Ky. He gives workshops on LGBTQ+ art history and identity, works with GLSEN as a National Student Council member, and is a Point Foundation scholar. Casey currently attends the California State Polytechnic Institute of Pomona for landscape architecture and hopes to work for Walt Disney Imagineering in park design.

Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 11 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
Three Important College Scholarships Tips for LGBTQ+ Students

“To come out, or not to come out?” I wrestled with that question frequently on my college applications and scholarship essays. I built a high school resume as a gay-straight-alliance coordinator, activist and blogger. Regardless of all I had achieved, I was worried that whoever was going to be reviewing my application (regardless of Title IX implications at each university I applied to) would write off these accomplishments as invalid because of their own homophobia and/or transphobia. Supportive high school counselors and college admissions representatives told me the choice was up to me whether to put these accomplishments in my ...

Posted Feb. 17, 2016, 9 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
2 Things I Wish My Parents Knew When I Came Out Transgender

On January 13, 2013, I “died.” Yet, I’m still here and happier and more alive than ever. That cold day, at the age of 15, I came out as a boy. In the weeks following, I was mourned by my family. I was mourned because I was a “new person,” although I kept my name and retained my same personality. Testing the waters before coming out as transgender hadn’t gone too well and it even caused me to go further into the closet for a while. When I tried to buy a men’s sweater because I liked it better, my ...

Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
Jumpstart Your Resume by Thinking Outside the School

Ah, high school. Seven hours of sitting and taking in all you can for that diploma to set you on your way to new horizons. Of course, you may have a great high school with opportunities to take part in the arts, advanced STEM, communications or a mix of disciplines. But even with with that, you may feel the need for something else to catapult you further in your career, or even just to spice up that college resume. I was a visual arts major during my four years of high school and took more than 11 classes in different ...

Posted Sept. 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
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In eighth grade, my history teacher told the class that he believed gay and transgender people could not lead productive and successful lives in the "real world" due to such "alternative lifestyles,” and that they would all end up in hell. (There was much gasping from the naive middle school class.) This was after I placed a notecard on my desk about supporting LGBT+ people on The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual "Day of Silence" to combat bullying and the silence that LGBT+ youth face and express when bullied. That teacher’s words played a huge part in hindering ...