Out, loud and vocal

Sex on Tuesday

I used to hate how women sounded in porn — breathy, overly enthusiastic, shrill, annoying. But I’ve realized that my actual issue with their eager exclamations was that they seemed forced and fake.
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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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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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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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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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