Jay Chotirmal_online

Cheers to democracy

Stepping Back

The fog’s been burning off, the sun’s been gleaming and the wind — well, that’s been as unpredictable as always. Needless to say, I’ve been wearing just one layer of clothing instead of my normal three. The great weather over the past week made me feel like I was not
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Chris Cox_online

Achievement unlocked: bottoming

Sex on Tuesday

Out of pure desperation, I bit his pillow, already littered with imprints of my despair, begging for some form of relief. I hoped that by inflicting any miniscule amount of pain on this inanimate object of comfort, I could somehow escape the penetrative force threatening to consume me from behind.
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Jake Fineman_online

An inconvenient truth

Pot Calling the Kettle

Elected officials in the ASUC, like politicians everywhere, love to make bold pronouncements about nebulous topical issues, such as mental health or sexual assault. Tying themselves to non-controversial and unchallenging issues makes it fairly easy for these officials to undertake projects that seem useful without taking any real responsibility for
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Neal Lawrence_online

Good queer, bad queer

Naked Brunch

I would quit being trans if I could wake up as Uma Thurman. “Pulp Fiction” era, if you’re asking. I’d quit dreaming of top surgery and give up my sense of self to enter that life of being elegant and rocking blunt bangs. I’d even let an award-winning weasel man
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Jay Chotirmal_online

Fox in the henhouse

Stepping Back

Taxes should be abolished! You’re crazy. Do you realize what that would do to vulnerable communities throughout the country? That was the response and first conversation my college roommate and I shared as we were moving into our new apartment — what did I get myself into? Growing up in
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Chris Cox_online

Coming out in Costco

Sex on Tuesday

As an imaginary lamp cooked my face, the question I’d been dreading my whole life, (that let’s be real, was probably overdue), finally escaped Momster’s mouth: “Christopher, are you gay?” Cue the resulting procession of tunnel vision, hyperventilation and tears. Naive-closeted-me never expected Costco to be the stage where I
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Jake Fineman_online

See you in hell

Pot Calling the Kettle

When I explain to people that I once worked as the chair of an ASUC political party, the responses are often predictable: groaning, avoidance, violent retribution. The ASUC is annoying, useless and full of attention-seekers who only want to build their resumes, or so I am often told. All it does
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Rosemarie Alejandro_online

Stars are blind

Off the Beat

I don’t know exactly when I started believing in astrology, but like most things in my life, it started as a joke.
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Ikya Kandula_online

Chicken soup for the passionless soul

Off the Beat

My favorite holiday movie is “Santa Baby.” I’d ask you to give me a moment to explain myself before you pass judgement, but I don’t care. Go ahead and judge me, you cultureless pig —“Santa Baby” is a beautiful tale about a hardworking woman who has it all and also
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Rachael garner

Honesty works sometimes

Off the Beat

Last semester I missed a midterm. I woke up, spent a few seconds mulling over the 40-hour-a-week job and upper division course load that I was failing to juggle, and had an incident that I can only partially piece together as a panic attack on my way to class. Then
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