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Marina and a Dancing Diamond

A week ago, I attended a Marina and the Diamonds concert in Pomona. Yes, as one expects, it was a magical, transcendental, orgasmic experience. Being one of the most genuine pop artists of our generation, Marina never ceases to amaze…

Love in the Age of Alcohol: An Interview with Buster Ross

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Rampant immorality. Breeding grounds of future devil-worshippers, communists, and worst of all, homosexuals. All of these have been included in near-apocalyptic descriptors to American high schoolers of what they may experience, not attending Woodstock,…

In honor of National Coming Out Day

Artwork by Austin Wang To come out or not to come out — that is the perpetual question. No singular incident can define the collective coming-out of the LGBT+ community, nor does any one piece of advice seem sufficient enough…

Keep On Fighting: Creating Change 2015 Conference

“What does your liberated world look like?” asked the man who stood before the microphone. “IT LOOKED FUCKING QUEER,” someone yelled back even more vivaciously. A roar of *snaps* ensued. From February 4th to February 8th 2015, activists and queer…

Piss Politics: The Problems With UCLA’s “Gender-Inclusive” Bathrooms

On the eighth floor of Bunche Hall, I stand baffled before one of the twenty-five or so “gender inclusive” bathrooms on campus, except this bathroom doesn’t seem very inclusive at all. There are two signs with sliding parts on the…

By Any Other Name: What UCLA’s Preferred Name Policy Means for You

The cold sweat. The pit of dread in your gut. The gnawing sense of unrest as the professor moves down the list, calling out student names in alphabetical order. And then they reach you, call out a name you no…

Why You Should Download the LGBT Healthcare Bill of Rights

For a majority of queer youth, coming out to a doctor is extremely nerve-wracking– especially since it is someone who will decide what medical care you should receive. The chance of receiving subpar medical treatment deters some queer individuals from…

Give Us a Mask and We’ll Tell You the Truth: An Ode to Halloween

This is the night we celebrate the divine, the beautiful, the messy, the legendary in ourselves. Halloween has passed and chances are that just because you were a little too old to go trick-or-treating, (all the brave souls are now…

I Am the Gay Cousin: Thanksgiving Edition

There’s one in every family… and it might be you. A glimpse into the art of surviving being queer at your friendly family Thanksgiving. Thursday is a holiday and that means I have to see my family. I’m already dreading…

A Night I (Surprisingly?) Remembered

Every time you party with the queers you forget half of it and the other half gets real gay. This night was tamer than the last time; all I remember then was ending up at Fat Sal’s at three in…