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All-American bakla

LGBTea

As I was slowly coming to terms with my sexuality as a child, the lack of good representation in the teleseryes made everything more complicated.
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Saving the day

LGBTea

There was such a lack of queer representation in these superhero franchises that I could only relate to a character’s grief and agony. I was grasping at straws to find the faintest connection between my life and that of a hero.
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The main character is white: A personal essay

At that time, being Chinese was just a part of who I was, a culture and language I was proud of. As one of the only Asian kids in my grade, I knew most kids at school didn’t bring sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves for lunch or recite Li Bai’s poems at Saturday school. 
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A call for authentic neurodiverse representation

Having neurotypical people represent neurodiverse roles feels belittling to me. It reduces something so complicated, so nuanced, so weird and beautiful, into a personality trait. Suggesting that autism is a definitive personality trait that anyone can portray, even if they aren’t autistic, isn’t authentic representation.
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Count yourself into the census

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Filling out the census has wide-reaching impacts, including funding assistance to vulnerable communities.

While it might not be the most exciting aspect of the political landscape, it provides invaluable support to many communities that need it. 
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So what about ethiCS?

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Ethics should not be a reactionary consideration after something cataclysmic like misclassifying a dark-skinned person as a gorilla.
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No, your childhood is not ruined

Doors of Perception

If I could somehow insert a heavy sigh here, I would, because it amazes me how intolerant we still are — it is 2019 and we can’t seem to accept a Black Ariel without it being controversial.
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