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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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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