Hijras: The Age-Old Transgender Community in South Asian Culture

Featured Artwork: Madhura Kamat Growing up in an Indian-Malaysian household, I’m glad I was constantly surrounded by my culture, whether it was through stories my grandmother told me during sleepless nights or the many vibrant pictures and paintings that decorated the walls of my house. I always had a reminder of my heritage. I can’t…

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How this Gender Non-Conforming Artist is Saving Lives with a Book Drive

When Alok Vaid-Menon calls their new book “life-saving,” they’re not boasting.

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Having Pride in #BlackLivesMatter

Featured Artwork: Damian Alexander The Black Lives Matter movement is not new, but this is the largest it has ever been. In the last few days, all fifty states and an additional 18 countries took part in protests to demand justice for George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer. Additional demands for justice…

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The Benefits of Women’s and Gender Studies Courses

Featured Artwork: Ariel Lung for The Daily Californian When I tell people that I’m pursuing a minor in women’s studies, I’m often met with an eye-roll or two. I imagine this is because adults are amused and think it’s cute that I’m “entertaining feminist and social justice warrior notions” while still in college before I enter the real world where things aren’t…

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Wade’s Courage.

We say we don’t know what to say around them / they / us / he / his / she / her / hers / they / them none of our business and when a black father offered love and support we suddenly knew our tongues awoke from the deepest slumber with ignorance black people…

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Reconciliation: Queer, Agnostic, and Indian

These thoughts have always been tumbling through my brain perilously. I have vague memories of those first moments, when some alien crevice erupted with thoughts and feelings I couldn’t understand. I had cracked open something that let loose a glimpse into my core. I thought I had drowned these thoughts, but they bubbled up, and…

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Let’s Talk: Uncomfortable or Homophobic?

There is a fine line between hate and discomfort, and it is time we learn the difference. “A faggot is not a homosexual male. A faggot is any male who acts like a female… and even if I am homophobic… so what?!” -Azealia Banks Homophobia is defined as “having or showing a dislike or prejudice…

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Pride in a Conservative Corner of Europe

Owing to the month of Pride, several countries around the world hold bubbly, colourful demonstrations to publicly celebrate that love is love, no matter one’s gender. How does this idea born out of liberal thinking reconcile with the self-proclaimed illiberal and conservative government of Hungary? It doesn’t. Even though events such as Pride, which go…

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LGBTQ+ India: A Look Into The Past, Present, & Future

Featured Image: Wall Street Journal In today’s fast world where through all kinds of social media platforms you can get informed about almost anything and everything, some people in India have gained more understanding towards the LGBTQ+ community, but there are still many parts of society that simply refuse to look at this rationally. What…

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