Testimonials

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Past OutWrite staffers have gone on to do incredible things– professionally and personally, inside and outside of LGBTQ spaces. A few of them were happy to share the impact OutWrite had on them and provide a glimpse of how joining OutWrite could benefit YOUR college experience.

If you are interested in applying, please email [email protected].

Recent Testimonials

“OutWrite is the intersection of queerness, writing, and art. I joined because it’s amazing and important to me to have that intersection and for queer voices and work to have this platform, and it encompasses both my passion for art and journalism as well as queerness. It’s also neat because everyone on staff creates things and is a part of this process because we want to be. It’s empowering to be around motivated, creative queer people.”

— Shay Suban, Class of 2020

“I actually joined OutWrite on a whim, but getting involved has been one of the best opportunities I’ve had here at UCLA. As a South Campus major, I find it easy to get sucked down the exhausting whirlpool of STEM, but writing and designing for OutWrite allows me to escape feeling trapped in that hard-science track. I’ve also loved getting to know the other staff members of OutWrite. As a queer person, it’s always comforting to have a group of other queer friends, and the OutWrite staff is full of some of the most genuinely kind, patient, and hilarious people I’ve met.”

— Liana Kindler, Class of 2017

“One of the most rewarding parts of being in OutWrite is experiencing the reactions of those who consume our content. While distributing our print editions, I am inspired to see how our content touches the lives of so many different people– even far beyond the queer community. As a student run organization, we are producing much more content than we have in recent years, and that momentum is so exciting! I’m so grateful to be a part of this new generation of OutWrite.”

— Andrew Hall, Class of 2019

“I joined OutWrite as a way to figure out my sexuality, but it became more of an entryway to the LGBTQ+ community. Every article I edit or read teaches me something I didn’t know before about the community. The staff is super nice and understanding, and OutWrite is a great platform to speak from. Also, you get to be a published author! How cool is that?”

— Sarah Jensen, Class of 2020

“Joining OutWrite was one of the first things I did at UCLA after spending a long time questioning both my writing voice and my queer identity. After learning about the newsmag’s long history as the voice of students, I was excited to become part of that. Being part of OutWrite is an opportunity to engage with a community that I haven’t always been lucky enough to have around me.”

— Anastacia Kellogg, Class of 2018

“To me, Outwrite is a lot more than just a queer newsmagazine. It’s a platform to freely echo my voice, acting somewhat like a megaphone for the unheard voices of queer students on campus. It acts as a crossroad that allows students to intermingle with others, as well as a space to express our thoughts and feelings about UCLA or topics pertaining to queerness. I guess to sum it all up, you should join Outwrite because you get to meet some pretty awesome people and because it’ll allow your inner queerness to shine thruuuu.”

— Skylar, Class of 2020

“Prior to joining OutWrite, I didn’t have much experience writing for anyone other than myself or being part of a queer community (pretty much the two things that make up a queer newsmagazine…). Because it was so out of my comfort zone, I pushed myself to apply as a personal challenge. Since then, OutWrite has continually motivated me to interrogate and own my narrative, better understand how I can act in allyship toward other queer and non-queer folks alike, and generally be a more engaged and open version of myself.”

— Amy Wang, Class of 2017

“I joined OutWrite because I knew how incredible the staff was from the moment I met them. I also know how important OutWrite is as both a creative outlet and a way to make your voice heard. For me, being a part of something as cool as that was enough motivation to join and fall in love with it.”

— Koby Hansen, Class of 2019

“To me, OutWrite is a platform that allows me to share with a receptive audience ideas and stories that I think are important for queers and non-queers alike to hear. The best part though, is getting to know and work with other passionate queers on staff that share the same love for stupid jokes and queer media that I do.”

— John Solan, Class of 2019

Past Testimonials

Friendship & Fun (aka New BFFs)

OutWrite provided the queer family I needed, and over the 4 years I was involved, I made some of my closest friends at UCLA.Steph, Class of 2012

My best first-year memories are the ones with the OutWrite staff. They all helped me to be open and comfortable about my sexual identity. And I will always be very thankful for that.Ale, Class of 2016

Working at OutWrite is where I truly connected with the LGBT community at UCLA and made some amazing friends.Kaya, Class of 2010

Professional Skills (aka Get a great job after graduation)

Being in OutWrite was really fun, and my work there helped me get employed at an LGBT nonprofit after graduation.April, Class of 2013

OutWrite offers a rare chance to be part of a close-knit group of LGBTQ friends, give back to the queer community through creative means, and develop skills that benefit you both in your classes and future career. I could not have gotten my awesome marketing job without my marketing experience at OutWrite and I definitely would have felt like I was missing an LGBTQ presence in my college life.Austin, Class of 2013

I learned a lot about the industry of journalism and after graduating, I got a freelancing job with a national LGBT news organization!Dan, Class of 2010

Personal Development (aka Become More Fabulous)

OutWrite is the singular organization through which I cultivated pride as a lesbian, a part of the greater queer community, and a spokesperson for queer individuals and issues ignored or misunderstood at UCLA.Lorena, Class of 2011

In addition to the support and friendship, OutWrite provided me with a goal to work toward as part of a team, allowing me to channel my feelings of pride as well as my feelings of frustration at facing stigma and inequalities into a publication other queer students could benefit from.Justin, Class of 2012

OutWrite gave me a great platform to broadcast my voice and push my thinking on queer issues.Rich, Class of 2010

After having joined OutWrite, it’s more clear to me that there are so many unique facets within the queer community that need to be explored. I feel like I’ve developed a stronger “writing voice” about LGBTQ issues because of OutWrite.Lee, Class of 2013

As a recently out-and-proud gay man, being part of the OutWrite team was a chance to both learn and express. Being undocumented and Mexican I was also able to voice my own color and colors, out there for everyone to see in all their liberated glory.Sergio, Class of 2012

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