10 Creative Ways to Come Out at UCLA

Graphic by Jeanine Lee Coming out is a big step for everyone, but for people who like to take things to creative extremes, coming out entails a stage, props, and alcohol an audience. Sharing this special moment in front of…

I’m Bi… Right?

Graphic by Shay Suban If there ever were a stupid question, this would be it. I’ve been bisexual since before I knew there was a word for it. Yet, until recently, I found myself asking this question whenever the opportunity…

Chelsea Manning Speaks on Campus

The transgender activist spoke as part of the Luskin School of Public Affairs’ lecture series on campus.   Not all decisions are clear. This was a central theme of last night’s Luskin Lecture in Royce Hall, featuring transgender speaker Chelsea…

Bruincard Preferred Name Process: What You Need To Know

Imagine, if you will, that the information on your BruinCard was all untrue. The card, although it has your student ID number printed on it, shows a different name than yours, and maybe even a picture that does not at…

Out, Proud, and American

History will be made this month in South Korea as two out American athletes will compete at the Winter Olympics for the first time. Figure skater Adam Rippon and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy are both openly gay, and join soccer…

Activism as an Expression of Love: A Lesson from the 2016 Election on Meaningful Resistance

Graphic by Shay Suban “Historically low approval ratings for President Trump signal that an overwhelming majority of Americans disapprove of – if not despise – this administration. But what good is that when the goal of resistance is, or ought…

Why Kevin Spacey’s Coming Out Is Problematic

Graphic by Jeanine Lee You, dear reader, are probably well aware of the allegations against actor Kevin Spacey: in a Buzzfeed interview published last Sunday, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexual assault. In that interview, Rapp describes being alone…

Trans and Trapped: Behind the Wrong Bars

Graphic by Hannah Boston       Life inside of a men’s prison is not easy for anyone, but it is especially difficult for trans women. The U.S. prison system houses transgender individuals on the basis of their genitals instead of their gender…

Queer and Sad: Mental Health Impacts Identity Exploration

Photo: Jeff W. Gates. Creative Commons License 3.0. 100520-F-JZ025-987.JPG I had a really hard time starting this article and then finishing it. Mostly because it details my experience with two identities (queer and struggling with my mental health) that just…

Other: The Unheard Voices of QPOC Adoptees

You know what’s always stressed me out? Back in high school, when we had to take standardized tests, there’d always be a preface question about which race you identify as. They’d list the options — African American, Caucasian, Asian, Latino,…