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The scarlet letters: HPV

Queerly Political

It felt humanizing to receive health care that respected my sexual orientation. The doctors at Planned Parenthood understood that neither gender nor sex is a binary.
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Writing my own story

Alien on Campus

I craved more narratives about people whose winters were not full of snow — the stories of people in my own country and in different parts of the world.
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The great competition

Adding Up

When I came to Berkeley, instead of reaching out to my peers, I tended to work alone because I was overwhelmed by the huge class sizes and large workloads. Looking back on my four years, I wish I had seen the benefits of working with my peers sooner.
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No narration without representation

Queerly Political

Although I felt validated, I also felt on edge, waiting for the narrative to end. I was anticipating the inevitable destruction of their relationship because that’s what normally happens to queer folks in pop culture.
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Kiss and greet

Alien on Campus

During my first few days of college, greeting others with a stiff handshake instead of a friendly kiss was very weird for me.
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Proofs in high heels

Adding Up

Because there are so few women in STEM, the expectations for us are even higher, so it’s hardly surprising that my “Numerical Analysis” professor helped instill confidence in me.
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I can see queerly now

Queerly Political

So dear straight people: Stop invalidating the exploration and questioning of sexuality. My queerness always existed before my public debut.
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An accent by any other name

Alien on Campus

The “American accent” is used as the optimal standard of speech. It is equated to a higher IQ, to a less threatening immigrant, to a more approachable international student.
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Curb your entitlement

Queerly Political

Fellow white members of the LGBTQ community, we need to do better. It’s not enough for us to not be racist — we need to be actively calling out racism within our own community and ourselves.
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Making a name for myself

Alien on Campus

That afternoon, my friends and I came up with Andra, which both originated from my first name and would sound less foreign in the United States. And just like that, I was baptized.
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