Coming Out is a Choice

Graphic by Ria Kotak   “Coming out” is one of the most commonly recognized aspects of the queer experience. It’s a moment that’s defined by the reactions we get (whether or not our family and friends accept us, what happens…

What the Vice Presidential candidates didn’t say…

graphic by Martha Cabot Last night, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris met at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to debate for the first and only time until Election Day. This debate was considerably more…

Clothes and Deconstructing the Gender Binary

Illustrated by Nick Griffin (He/Him) CONTENT WARNING: transphobia, internal transphobia, enbyphobia, transmedicalism You never really liked looking at yourself in the mirror. Dressing rooms always made you uncomfortable. Bathroom mirrors were the worst.  To be fair, self-confidence wasn’t exactly your…

HIV/AIDS – The Fight Continues

Photo by Ajana Orozco – “ActUP Logo” Watching the documentary “United in Anger: The History of ACT UP” brought back some of the voices of the organization’s founders, who are now deceased. I was in my late teens at the…

Isolation Sucks

Isolation sucks! Isolation when I already have abandonment issues, it sucks! Living on the hill during the Spring Quarter is lonely, it sucks! I feel forgotten, it sucks! I need a hug, it sucks! SUCK! SUCK! SUCK! UCLA without my…

UCLA Campus During COVID-19

Photo by Ajana Orozco – “Kerckhoff Hall and Bruin Walk” How has COVID-19 affected being a student at UCLA? Waiting for the light to change to green at Charles E. Young Drive with your schoolmates so you can all start…

Being Queer in a Small Town during COVID-19

Photos by Jaden King When UCLA announced that online instruction would begin Week 10 of winter quarter and last until April 10, ultimately to be extended throughout the remainder of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I contemplated…

Am I Queer Enough?

Graphic by Jade Lee. “Oh, you’ve never been to a GSA meeting?” my friend said to me as we sat in the hallway eating lunch. “That’s…interesting.”  I laughed at the judgment dripping from her tone. It was a typical kind…

Gender Neutral Pronouns: Anxiety, Autonomy, and Everything In Between

Graphic by Angela Z. CW: potential NBphobia, transphobia, references to dysphoria and body dysmorphia   Over the past few years, the transgender community has become increasingly visible, allowing a broader audience to hear about our issues. Non-binary, genderqueer, and other…

SCAR TISSUE

Graphic by Mark Julien. CW: mentions of suicide, pejorative language Words have power.  They can bruise and they can cut.  Although you cannot see the scars on my skin they are there.  I have been carefully and skillfully cut and the…