Perspective

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…

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…

We Have a Responsibility
Graphic by Saachi Kotia The plight of the marginalized is a battle not fought alone. We only advance through unification and community. But how do you fight a war when your own team isn’t on your side?  Queer people of…
Summer in the Closet

The reality of going back to being closeted in the summer after being out at college hit me hard as my mother helped me move out of my room. Posters, books, bags, magazines, everything that made me the average out-and-proud…

Thank you Mom, For Letting Me Grow As I Wish

Graphic by Carmen Ngo Coming out to yourself is one thing; coming out to the world is another. There is a fear that preludes coming out, where one feels that everyone in their lives will look at them differently, as…

Single and Queer

Graphic by Carmen Ngo I am more than someone to someone else-and so are you. For decades, the bisexual community has struggled to define itself in a cis-heterocentric world, especially regarding the significance of dating and relationships. In having our humanity recognized,…