Cole Lopez (They/Them)
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Cole Lopez is a 4th year Gender Studies major and LGBTQ Studies minor. They are passionate about art, social justice, their kids and everything queer. They plan to go on to graduate school and continue their studies to eventually become a professor. Outside of work, school and being a single parent, they spend their time painting, writing poetry and watching queer movies. They fervently support their son in his passion to become a ballet dancer and their daughter in her quest to become a mermaid and take over the world.

Aliveness

Artwork by Cole Lopez (They/Them) The morning my grandfather died             I slept. An ocean away I dreamt             that an angel leaned to kiss his cheek And I tried to push it away but instead              I screamed  My hands passing through…

It’s Not a Phase: Attacks on the Rights of Trans Youth

Photo from Dallas Morning News There is an ongoing increase in legislative attacks on the transgender community in the United States, especially targeting transgender youth. According to the Human Rights Campaign, in 2015 there were a total of 19 anti-transgender…

The Straight Agenda

Graphic by Kelly (She/Her) “Is there a name for women who like women?” my six-year-old daughter asked me recently. “Not like a friend ‘like,’ but like they want to marry each other,” she clarified, in case I wasn’t sure what…

Permission

Called me by my name for the first time Today My name Given as a long-awaited gift Murmured under held breath A breath exhaled After decades of holding something sacred to a silent heart frightening for what it held Terrifying…