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Erin Wilson

All their life, Erin has been forced into gendered boxes that never seemed to fit them. Whether it was wearing certain clothes to look more feminine, or acting a certain way to please their parents, Erin has always felt that something wasn’t quite right. It wasn’t until summer 2020 during the height of the Covid-19 […]

Yvin Shin

After immigrating to the United States from South Korea as a child, Yvin grew up in multiple small, conservative towns across the country before moving to Normal, Illinois in 2014. In middle school, she grappled with the intersection of her gender, sexuality, and ethnic identity, and encountered bigotry on multiple fronts. The drive to understand not only herself but also their […]

Sydney Rinehart

Sydney Rinehart is a bisexual woman who was born and raised in Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2019 with a bachelor’s in applied psychology, where she first came out and found her queer family while serving as a volunteer and president at the InTouch Crisis and Support Hotline. […]

Sofia Arlen

Sofia was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and she moved to Miami when she was 13 years old. Sofia discovered she was queer during her sophomore year of high school. She joined the board of her high school’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) during her junior year in order to facilitate a space for younger members […]

Morgan Beaven

Morgan was born and raised in a rural, conservative corner of Western Kentucky. He attended Catholic schools throughout elementary, middle, and high school where he was taught that to be anything other than straight or cisgender was a “sin”. Between middle and high school, he began to come to terms with his sexuality but was unsure […]

Mikiko Thelwell

Mikiko is a medical student at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. As a queer and cisgender Black woman from Atlanta, and as a first-generation Jamaican-American, Mikiko’s intersectionality has ultimately broadened her understanding of health, community, and  justice. She became interested in mental health while […]

Marc Ridgell

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Marc Ridgell is a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis. As a Black, queer, and first-generation college student, Marc is committed to advocating for Black and queer communities through activism, publicity, and research. In summer 2020, after the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, Marc created a social media–based […]