DNF if you’re “bio” transgender

Featured Illustration: Megan Orr My name is Lauren, and I’m sixteen years old. I was assigned female at birth, but I am transgender. My pronouns are she/her/hers and they/them/theirs. I label myself as genderfluid because my gender fluctuates between other gender identities such as male, female, agender, etc. I’ve known I wasn’t a girl for […]

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On Identity-Coding in Children’s Animation

Featured Illustration: Drew Buchanan Coding, in television and film, is a technique that implies a fictional non-human character has a particularly human quality or identity. By paying attention to the ways in which animated characters are drawn, behave, and speak, one can make conclusions about the identities they would have if they were a human […]

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The Reality of Moving Abroad in Your 20s

Featured Image: Natalia Senanayake It’s been approximately four months and two days since I packed my bags and left my small suburban town for a new life in Barcelona, Spain. After all the chaos I experienced finding a place to live, opening a Spanish bank account, and adjusting to the pace of life here — […]

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Planning the new year doesn’t have to be so exhausting

Featured Illustration: Abbey Lossing I’ve always loved celebrating the New Year. On December 31st, we’d feast as we waited for the clock to strike midnight, and I’d look up to the sky to admire the fireworks, despite harboring deep resentment for loud noises. In pre-pandemic times, my village hosted dinner parties, which were the only […]

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The Right to Vote

Featured Illustration: Melissa Koby Earlier this month, South Africa held local government elections (South Africa has a three-tier government system, i.e., national, provincial and municipal). In 1994 the country held its first democratic elections, ending almost fifty years of legalised racial discrimination and ushering in the African National Congress (ANC) government led by Nelson Mandela. […]

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