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?

Teaching made me realize adulthood is a myth. I want to show my students it’s okay to be human.

We’re all just humans, figuring it out one day at a time

I got breakthrough covid. It made me appreciate the vaccine more than ever.

Despite the odds, I feel very lucky

I don’t want kids. Here’s how I made peace with my decision.

I can’t have it all in life, and I’m okay with that