On Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. But we don’t need awareness. We need mental health acceptance. The media shares more than enough stories about famous people’s struggles with mental health and, otherwise, often conflates mental illness with bigotry (e.g. mass shootings perpetrated by white supremacists are often whitewashed in the name of “mental health”). We […]

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Pulse

This visual poetry project is dedicated to the victims of the Pulse massacre who lost their lives during a simple night out with loved ones and strangers, forever embedded and united in history on that tragic night. On June 12, 2016, a horrific attack on the Queer and Trans communities took place at Pulse Nightclub […]

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How Ellen Helped Me Come Out

What does a brown, disabled, working-class man have in common with a wealthy, white woman like Ellen DeGeneres?  We’re both gay and will never again apologize for speaking our truths. Furthermore, Ellen helped me come out. I remember that during the third grade, I was watching Ellen after school at my family’s Pinoy specialty food […]

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I’m With #Nice but…

Mass incarceration of Muslims is a problem in France.  That is a fact.  While Muslims make up only about 8% of the general French citizenry, between 60 – 70% of all inmates in France are Muslim.  This is only a symptom of the general xenophobia found in the populace.  Unfortunately, because of such attacks, people […]

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Asian Privilege

It does not exist. There’s your answer, there is no such thing as Asian privilege.  If there was, then my being Asian would be seen in the same light as someone’s whiteness.  I would get job offers, leadership positions, educational opportunities, etc. because of my being Asian.  But in reality, that does not happen. Claiming […]

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Do Not Ignore Other People Of Color

I have seen many posts on social media about how “Black Lives Matter” is used for justification to deliberately ignore the struggles of other people of color.  I stand in solidarity with my Black brethren one-hundred percent against police brutality that targets them.  I stand in solidarity with my Black brethren one-hundred percent against the […]

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Privilege Not Prejudice

Prejudice is one thing, but privilege is another.  They are, despite what we think of these two words, not the same thing.  Prejudice is a set of predetermined ideas that someone has about a member of a group of people that see that particular subset of the population in a negative light.  Privilege, on the […]

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