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TESTIMONIAL: Sexuality isn’t linear

TESTIMONIAL: Sexuality isn’t linear

Kayla Brown

November 6, 2019

“Why are you calling yourself gay? I thought you were bisexual.”  Those words resonated with me when I was 16, and at 21, they hang over me like a cloud of stigma. The only difference between then and now is that I learned my sexuality is more fluid than I ever thought possible.  I realiz...

TESTIMONIAL: I’m forced to hide my political beliefs from my family

TESTIMONIAL: I’m forced to hide my political beliefs from my family

Kayla Brown

November 3, 2019

When I tell people I’m from a town down by Los Angeles, a lot of people assume I was raised in a liberal community, but weirdly enough I was born and raised in a “red” city full of gun owners and wanna-be cowboys, and this includes my family.  I shouldn’t have to hide my political views from my family in ...

TESTIMONIAL: Mental illness needs to be taken more seriously in the Mexican community

TESTIMONIAL: Mental illness needs to be taken more seriously in the Mexican community

Magaly Munoz

October 26, 2019

A subject that I try to ignore, yet always gets brought up in my day-to-day life, is mental illness. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I avoid all of my very obvious depressive and anxious symptoms until they’re looking me straight in the face. My thought process is that if I don’t acknowle...

TESTIMONIAL: I wish my parents were more open about finances

TESTIMONIAL: I wish my parents were more open about finances

Kayla Brown

September 19, 2019

I was 18 when I opened up my first credit card. I went to the bank when I had a free period between classes and applied for a college credit card through Wells Fargo. The entire time that I was sitting there with the banker filling out the application I felt dirty as if the second my parents found out...

TESTIMONIAL: How a viral tweet became the defining feature of my wedding day

TESTIMONIAL: How a viral tweet became the defining feature of my wedding day

Richard Ivanowski

September 9, 2019

Getting married is serious business. It involves months of intense planning and staggering amounts of money. It means pledging your life to another person, often with spoken vows that include words like “obey,” “serve,” “sickness” and “death.” I’m not very good with serious things. The...