Being Berkeley: A personal essay

Can you be in love with a place? Because that’s how I feel about Berkeley — utterly in love. And I don’t hesitate to say “in love” because how I feel about Berkeley is unconditional and irrevocable. Despite all of its flaws, and we know there are many (the overpacked
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Opinion: Won’t be erased

At a time when the rights of these individuals are being threatened on a daily basis, the Berkeley community as a whole must stand up. Everyone is capable of perpetuating transphobia, and therefore, everyone must combat the culture that marginalizes transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people.
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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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Editors’ note: Faith 2019

In the face of this intolerance, The Daily Californian wanted to create an issue dedicated to uplifting and celebrating many faiths in the UC Berkeley community and beyond.
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