Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

My birth name never really suited me. After spending 26 years living with it, I came out as trans. I knew I needed a new name, but naming yourself is really hard. Your name needs to be something you can recognize and respond to — something you can feel.

I’d heard other trans people talk about the euphoria they’d felt when deciding what they would be called. This time around, I wanted a name that reflected my Filipina identity. But something didn’t feel right. My doubts about names felt endless. Could I find one that fit me at all?

Think cats are standoffish or unpleasant? This one proves you wrong.

Cats get a bad rap, but in reality, they’re as behaviorally diverse as dogs

All my life, I’ve been teased for using pads instead of tampons. But it’s more common than you think.

What’s more, some people with periods don’t have a choice

In the age of the Internet, everyone constructs an outward-facing identity. What does that mean for our inner, private lives?

As my book release looms, I’ve been reflecting on how we construct ourselves socially and privately