The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Were here, were queer, get used to it, was a common slogan used in the 90s during pride rallies.

One step forward, two steps back

Melody Cui and Mikaylah Du May 9, 2022
Analyzing the impetus, implications and impacts of the recent uptick in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in the U.S.
Club leaders share their objectives for the 2021-2022 school year

Club leaders share their objectives for the 2021-2022 school year

Exploring what’s in store for clubs as MVHS returns to in-person learning
Students of the Cupertino Teen Commission and Youth Activity Board helped distribute boba to the over 500 students who showed up. Photo by Justine Ha

Bobateeno 2019

Justine Ha and Tina Low September 26, 2019
The City of Cupertino hosts event to encourage mental health awareness
Meet the students of the annual GSA Panel

Meet the students of the annual GSA Panel

Dhruvika Randad May 24, 2019

On May 13, the MVHS Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) hosted their weekly Monday lunch meeting to begin preparations for the annual GSA panel presented to Biology and Physiology classes, held on Friday,...

Pride for GSA

Pride for GSA

Dhruvika Randad December 17, 2018

As the first semester comes to an end, the Gender and Sexuality Alliance club concludes the year with satisfaction. From organizing their annual Coming Out Day to partnering with teachers for Q&A panels...

Step out into sunshine

Step out into sunshine

Dhruvika Randad October 25, 2018

To celebrate LGBTQ+ awareness and acceptance, MVHS’ Gender Sexuality and Alliance (GSA), held its biggest event of the year: National Coming Out Day. The door, courtesy of the drama department, was garnished...

Spanish teacher Joyce Fortune, advisor, and club officers Maya Tate, Natasha Lee, and Stephen Migdal (left to right) talk about their plans for National Coming Out Day on October 5th, hosted by the Gender Sexuality and Alliance club. Photo by Dhruvika Randad.

A Gender Sexuality and Alliance Q&A with French student teacher, Marie Roy

Dhruvika Randad and Kat Pappas September 28, 2018

Along with the usual Q&A that introduced new members to the club, a special guest was introduced: French student teacher Marie Roy. As an incoming teacher for the new year, she believes that it is...

Q&A with GSA president Ollie Venzon

Anjini Venugopal May 25, 2018
A member of the club for the past four years reflects on his experience
Speaking out of the closet

Speaking out of the closet

Nathan Stevens May 31, 2017

i, my name is Nate. I’m a junior, 17 years old, I go by he/him pronouns, and uh — I’m gay.” That last part was so hard for me to get comfortable with, probably because I hadn’t said it out...

Photo gallery: GSA remembers transgender individuals in academic court

Photo gallery: GSA remembers transgender individuals in academic court

Hannan Waliullah December 10, 2016

tudents sit in a circle around junior Ollie Venzon, who stood reading the names of the transgender individuals who lost their lives this year. The blue, pink and white transgender flag hung behind...

Members of GSA share their coming out stories

Members of GSA share their coming out stories

Katerina Pappas October 31, 2016

wooden frame is placed at the center of the academic rally, but it doesn’t hold an ordinary purpose. Rather, it’s  a representation of the LBGTQIA+ community’s  rite of passage: coming out of...

Senior Nikki Stuart, co-president of GSA, holds the banner that they will display during the vigil. The banner has the photos and stories of transgender people who were murdered or committed suicide. Photo by Sneha Gaur.

GSA plans to host vigil in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sneha Gaur November 19, 2015

On Nov. 20, GSA will be holding a silent vigil in the academic quad during lunch to remember transgender people who have died as a result from transphobia and recognize the struggles that trans people...

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