Judah Castillo (They/Them)
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My name is Judah Castillo and my pronouns are they/them/theirs. I am a psychology major with a minor in [email protected]/x studies. I'm interested in various forms of media, including books and video games! I'm super into fashion and also love to talk a little bit about politics and liberation as a Brown, non-binary Chicano! Currently, I'm involved with OutWrite as a staff writer and work with TransUp as a co-facilitator for events!

“The Batman” (2022): A Bisexual’s Superhero Dream

Official film still provided by Warner Bros Entertainment **This article contains spoilers for “The Batman” (2022).** I will admit, I am a fan of superhero movies. Since I was a child, I watched both Marvel and DC films, preferring the…

We Must Demand UCLA Continue Masking & Testing Protocols

Photo by Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin Spending the last two years in the pandemic and trying to avoid getting sick with COVID-19 (or anything else, for that matter) has shown me a very scary cycle that the country goes through. When…

“Encanto”: Being the Family’s Black Sheep

Still from Disney’s “Encanto“ (2021) **This article contains spoilers for Disney’s “Encanto” (2021).** In late November of 2021, Disney released the long-anticipated movie “Encanto.” The film centers around a mestiza, Colombian family, the Madrigals, who were blessed with magical powers…

Striking For Our Safety: The Community Calls For Hybrid Options

Photo provided by the Disabled Student Union (DSU), Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC), and Mother Organizations Coalition (MO) In the Fall quarter of 2021, I covered a student protest led by the Disabled Student Union (DSU). The demands for transparency…

Isabel Fall: Casualty in the Fight for Good Representation

Graphic by Chrys Marr (she/they) As queer folks, we strive for decent representation in media. We want to uplift our voices, make sure our stories are seen and heard. It is understandable that we are defensive of who’s allowed to…

RuPaul and The Never-Ending Struggle Of Visibility

Graphic by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) After thirteen seasons, RuPaul has finally let his first cisgender, heterosexual performer on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Her name is Maddy Morphasis, and she is a cishet man that does drag! At first glance, this is…

“We Get To Celebrate A Victory”: UC-AFT’s Successful Negotiation with the UC Admin

Image courtesy of UC AFT Instagram: @uc_aft In the early hours of Nov. 17, negotiators for UC-AFT, the union that represents our lecturers, came to a successful agreement with the University of California admin. The strike that was planned for…

The Contra-versial Nuances of Queerness

Graphic by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) CW: Queerphobia, transphobia, acephobia, biphobia “Gen Z queer people are hard to figure out,” reads a now deleted tweet by Natalie Wynn, known by her online moniker, ContraPoints. “They’re like, ‘I’m an asexual slut who…

Cemetery Boys: A Whimsical Celebration of Queer Latinidad

Illustration by Christopher Ikonomou (Xe/He) “Cemetery Boys” is the tale of Yadriel, a trans Brujo trying to prove himself to his family who is too stuck in their ways to accept him as a Brujo. A few days before Dia…

We Are Not Disposable: The Disabled Student Union’s Protest for Remote Access

Photo courtesy of Rowan O’Bryan “UCLA ab-le-ist!” replaces the “fight-fight-fight” in the UCLA iconic 8-clap at last Friday’s Disabled Student Union (DSU) protest for remote instruction. Many wore white in solidarity.  As we head into the second year with the…