Only Son

Trung Nguyen I kept watch at the mailbox every day for the first two weeks of May during my Senior year of high school, memorizing the exact window of time the mail carrier approached our home. He would come between three to four in the afternoon, right when I got out of school. I would

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My Story As A Parent (pt.2)

Ellen Kameya I was born and raised in Hawaii.  I was raised to believe that I was but ONE member of our huge extended family.  Everything I did (negative or positive) reflected on my entire extended family. I attended Japanese language school and Christian Sunday school, which solidified values I was taught at home.  Life

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On Family and Internal Struggles

August Guang In September 2012 I started saving up money for top surgery by August 2013. At the time I couldn’t stand the thought of going another year without it. The binder that I was wearing suddenly started causing physical pain around April, and I was generally experiencing a lot of dysphoria and panic instigated

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This is What Beauty Looks Like

Alicia Virani I just don’t know how to tell you I just don’t know how to tell you This is what beauty looks like It started off grey and you and you and you and you Were there In presence In spirit In my heart The sun broke out from behind the light cover of

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Walking in the Rain

Keshav Tyagi For me, being API and LGBT are two very different communities, and much of my struggle was trying to merge these two parts of my identity together into one being. That was my chief difficulty coming to terms with what I was, and my journey being an out LGBT. My Indian heritage is

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Against the Grain

Audrey Fok Looking at the lives of three women in the Los Angeles area, Against the Grain is a film about the coming out experience of Asian American women in the LGBTQ community. The film explores the cultural issues that come into play when coming out amongst a predominately anti-homosexual culture. Against the Grain may

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Quieting the Silence

Steven Truong Silence. Cars whizzed by us on the busy street. UCLA students hungry for animal style fries filled the busy fast food chain. Bad music must have been blaring from the nearby bar. Yet, the world was silent. Mark sat across from me puzzled and concerned. I had gone through tonight’s conversation all week.

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Gay Day

Bree Kimiko Keaveney This is the story of the day I came out to myself. Understanding my mixed raceness, cis-gender privilege (and many other privileges), and queerness as a political identity came later after this special day. May 19th is also the birthday of Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X. Basically, it’s a day to celebrate

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A Daughter’s Story

Valerie Kameya I was raised to believe that good people grew up, dated, got married and had kids if they could. That’s just the way it was. Family was important, and how would you keep the family going if you didn’t get married? Single people were sad cases- for some reason, they couldn’t find a

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