When in Rome

Off the Beat

I can’t pinpoint the exact reason that I am better at romance in Italy. Maybe it is because my Italian genes make me attractive here and not in Berkeley.
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Planning ahead

Off the Beat

I hadn’t planned for these moments, but they were just as valuable as the things I’d accounted for in my planner — if not more so.
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Room to room to room

Off the Beat

I came across a room that’s become a great match for me: a bed that’s just the right size, a series of well-placed posters that populate my walls.
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Stories we tell

Off the Beat

I was supposed to follow him. But just as Harrison started to crawl through the gap, someone hollered. The grown-ups were after us.
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Acknowledging my family’s support

Muscle Memories

Now that I am older, I can more easily understand how helpless they must have felt in not being able to find a definitive cure. They offered their emotional support throughout my medical journey and gave me the ability to try a variety of treatment options.
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Beyond the binary: Bathrooms must be inclusive of transgender communities

No matter if I feel that I made the right evaluation of which bathroom I belong in at the end of the day, I will never know if I made the right choice. I feel frustrated when people say, “just use the bathroom that most aligns with your gender identity,” because there is no binary cisgender space I can safely occupy. It doesn’t matter to me if I am in the right bathroom because the strangers around me are the final judgment of my choice.
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