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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 to showcasing presentations on fundamental topics like allyship, the GSA officer team is proud o...

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 loud very often. And now, I was going to say it in front of the entire freshman class. It took a cou...

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 them, accompanied by a poster listing the names of some of these transgender individuals. On the back o...

Immune Together: how AIDS impacted affected communities

Immune Together: how AIDS impacted affected communities

Jessica Xing

December 9, 2016

n 1981, AIDS was discovered in America as a rare lung infection in five gay men. In 1982, Santa Clara County HIV planning council co-chair and gay man Bob Reed moved to San Jose. In 1984, the first of his friends started to die. In 1986, Reed tested positive for HIV, but the test only confirmed w...

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 the closet. The ‘ closet door’, a simple wooden frame with multi-colored handprints plastered all o...

A new year brings new change to MV GSA

A new year brings new change to MV GSA

Andrea Schlitt

August 21, 2015

  reviously known as Gay-Straight Alliance, MV GSA changed its name over the summer to Gender-Sexuality Alliance to better represent the club’s diversity. The decision was determined through an informal vote on MV GSA’s Facebook page, on which members decided that the new name was better suited and more inclusive of everyone in the club. While the letters “GSA” remain the same, the addition of “gender” and “sexuality” hold a significant meaning. Senior Nikki Stuart, co-president of MV GSA, identifies as non-binary, a gender category for ...

Students show silent support for LGBTQ youth

Students show silent support for LGBTQ youth

Kristin Chang

April 15, 2014

Gay-Straight Alliance hosts successful Day of Silence on April 11, allowing students to reflect on issues restricting LGBTQ youth. The clothesline is strung up with faces. Some grinning, some wide-eyed, some young and old and pale and dark and each one disembodied and floating in the Academ...

Gay-Straight Alliance hosts ‘Day of Silence’

Gay-Straight Alliance hosts ‘Day of Silence’

Howard Lee

April 29, 2012

On April 27, the Gay-Straight Alliance hosted a “Day of Silence” to raise awareness for the bullying faced by the LGBT community. The national event, which is held every year in April, is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Network. Participants took a vow of silence during the day, displaying a...

Not yet a safe space

Not yet a safe space

Sara Yang

May 16, 2011

Despite stirrings of a LGBT-friendly movement, students need to step up to affect change Read More »...

Out in the open: Lifelong ally

Out in the open: Lifelong ally

Sara Yang

February 1, 2011

Teacher Christy Utter speaks to El Estoque about her experience with homophobia in a high school setting Read More »...