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Family, community support is crucial for transgender, non-conforming youth

We all have a role to play in the safety of our TGNC community members. We can build and advocate for welcoming and inclusive environments in the institutions and communities to which we belong. It will take time to understand and accept, to deconstruct the systems that have been created. But when the alternative is harmful to our children, love and acceptance must prevail.
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Schools must educate youth on gender identity, inclusivity

As a primary socializing agent, schools have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to be inclusive of all students, including transgender and other gender-diverse students. In this role, educational institutions can significantly impact the degree to which gender diversity is viewed — either positively or negatively.
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Christians must unpack their transphobia and stand with transgender communities

If you are a person of faith whose religious tradition decries LGBTQ+ people, revisit your sacred texts, and read more progressive theologians for another perspective. Especially at this time of rising violence against trans and nonbinary people, it is imperative that communities of faith act as safe and welcoming spaces for these vulnerable folk who are also made in the image of God.
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Religious education in Berkeley is essential

Without a proper understanding of religion, we will continue to have the kind of insidious hate and horror that we have seen in the tragic violence at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the intentional car crash injuring a Hindu family and other pedestrians in Sunnyvale, California, and the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting.
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People must stop supporting products that aren’t cruelty-free

Our planet is deteriorating, and the U.S. government should better regulate products that test on animals for environmental and health reasons. Individuals should educate themselves on the major consequences that their animal-tested products cause and should choose not to support these companies. Higher regulations and refusal to support products that are not cruelty-free will greatly impact the overall quality of our health and environment.
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How UC Berkeley students can navigate health care insurance changes

The unfortunate reality is that SHIP claims — aka use and cost to the plan — have increased annually for the last three years. The result of those rising claim costs is that SHIP premiums have to increase to account for them. This reality was evident throughout all the health insurance bids the campus received.
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California needs to better regulate surveillance

Data from the Oakland Police Department showed that license plate readers were disproportionately dispatched in low-income communities and communities of racial minorities. This can create a “chilling effect” on the freedom of expression of minority groups. And it can reinforce already stigmatized communities by creating a “feedback loop” in which police are repeatedly sent to a particular neighborhood regardless of that neighborhood’s true crime rate.
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Prom dance with LGBTQ+ couples

UC Berkeley needs more LGBTQ+-centered events

LGBTQ+-conceived and LGBTQ+-centered events offer an opportunity for queer and trans students to feel safe and to feel validated on campus. With programming designed by us, for us, and with these goals in mind, we can set the course for a more inclusive and empowering UC Berkeley experience.
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