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.
Graphic by Kripa Mayureshwar

To Elliot

Anika Sharma December 5, 2020
Reflecting on Elliot Page and my own experiences with Coming Out
Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger set in front of the transgender flag.

Second-guessing a fiction dynasty

Shivani Madhan and Shivani Verma November 7, 2020
Examining J. K. Rowling’s transphobic stance and what it means for Harry Potter fans
Sophomore Brooke Frei sits in front of her trans pride flag.

Coming out

Mikaylah Du, Staff Writer October 11, 2020
Exploring what it means to express oneself
Lee at his senior night with the MV swim team. Photo used with permission of Nathan Lee.

Senior Nathan Lee’s transgender journey

Rucha Soman and Annie Zhang April 3, 2020
Lee explains his experiences of being a trans athlete
Gender “X”: A new third option for California IDs

Gender “X”: A new third option for California IDs

Chelsea Wong October 17, 2017

Driver licenses in California now have a gender “X” alternative in addition to the traditional two choices, “M” or “F.” Democratic state Senators Scott Wiener of San Francisco and Toni Atkins...

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...

Who are we? Being non-binary in a pink and blue world

Who are we? Being non-binary in a pink and blue world

Anjana Melvin September 24, 2015

Being non-binary in a pink and blue world by El Estoque on Exposure Story written by Anjana Melvin and Kalpana Gopalkrishnan

The virtual closet

The virtual closet

Sharon Tung September 23, 2015

Story by Emma Lam and Sharon Tung sinking feeling settles in the stomach of a teen who has been misgendered again. Whether by a old friend or new acquaintance, it can feel embarrassing, exposing, and...

California’s newly-passed transgender bathroom bill requires public K-12 schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and participate in athletics based on gender identity. Despite complaints that the bill will infringe on rights to privacy and modesty, the bill’s monumental push for social equality is more important. Photo by sxc.hu user pipp.

Transgender bathroom bill meant to increase equality, not protect antiquated view of privacy

Eva Spitzen December 5, 2013

California approved a bill dubbed the “transgender bathroom bill” in July requiring that public K-12 schools allow transgender students to use school restrooms and participate in athletics based on...

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