“Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen”: A Closer Look at Hollywood’s Depiction of Transgender Lives

Popular culture is a crucial source we constantly draw from to configure our perception of self and others. This makes looking at projected narratives from a critical standpoint of the utmost importance, as media portrayals can be just as empowering and enlightening as they can be detrimental and misleading. Our dependence on the media to…

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The 7 Privileges

Featured Artwork: Claire Merchlinsky Although Pride Month is usually a time for celebration, this year, the LGBTQ+ community held off on the parades and festivities in order to support the Black Lives Matter movement because despite their differences, these two communities actually significantly overlap. After all, the LGBTQ+ movement in America was originally led by…

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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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