LGBTQ+, OPINION

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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EMPOWERMENT, LGBTQ+, MENTAL HEALTH

An Exciting Life for the Depressed Mind

Trigger Warning: Mentions of suicidal thoughts and depression . . . My depression began at the age of twelve. I remember looking up one morning after I had washed my face wishing I were dead. It seemed that a tired dejected little Black girl’s face followed me around. Only her face has now grown into […]

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LIFE, MENTAL HEALTH, OPINION

Here’s to 2020

Featured Illustration: Mariah Parker As the last few hours of 2020 pass while loud music blasts in the background and all across the streets of Dhaka, I am still trying to wrap my head around this year slowly. Honestly, there’s a lot to unpack here. I stepped into adulthood this year, all while the world […]

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EMPOWERMENT, MENTAL HEALTH, WOMEN'S HEALTH

A Year of Gratitude

Featured Illustration: Ann Chen A year ago, soon after I returned from an emotionally exhausting Civil Rights trip to the USA, I had the opportunity to take stock at a women’s retreat that I attended. I realised that there had been many positives hidden among the personal challenges of the previous year. Determined to begin […]

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