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So Over The Rainbow

When I found out SCOTUS ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, I was bursting with excitement; so much so that I broke into a little happy dance and felt a twinge of American pride. But I also know the reality of this landmark decision: the fight for actual factual equality ain’t over yet. Not by a long shot.


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Trans Teen Longs For True Pride

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I’m Latino-American and I grew up watching a lot of telenovelas with my mom. The only transgender character I ever saw on these soap operas was murdered when she was outed to her ex-boyfriend. For a while, that was all I knew, and I remember worrying, “Is this how I’m going to end up?” I…


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Charleston Teen Reflects On Racism In The Spotlight

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Growing up a black teen in the south, dealing with racism was a regular part of life. Like the time an older white lady told me I was the second funniest black person she knew. Uh, thanks. Or the day a white kid at my school called me over to his lunch table and asked if I sold weed. No, I said. Why would you think that? Well, because you’re black, he said.

How Local Queers Are Making Space For Themselves In Hip-Hop

By: Mariah Smith On April 29, Cal State Long beach showcased Queer Hip-Hop Uncensored– an introduction to California-based queer emcees– just in time for the biggest gay event of the city, Long Beach Pride. “It’s an awesome opportunity for us to show people that there are LGBTQ+ artists because I think it’s so important that we…


Attending Catholic School As A Non-Catholic

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For nine years, I went to a small Catholic school in San Francisco. I got a lot out of my religious education, and I’m not even religious! It really shaped who I am today. When people find out I went to Catholic school, they usually assume it was a weird experience for me. They ask…