Breaking the barrier for transgender Latinas

By Jasmin Morfin On Nov. 20 Bamby Saucedo (an activist and advocate for transgender Latina women) gave a presentation on ELAC’s campus for the Yo Soy Trans Latina event. Salcedo has been recognized nationally and internationally as an activist and advocate. Using her personal platform, she has become a community organizer and social justice advocate for transgender Latina women. She has been recognized for and has been awarded locally and…

November 28, 2017

OPINION: Gender neutral restrooms prompt positive change

By Melody Ortiz There is no doubt that the addition of gender neutral restrooms on the East Los Angeles College campus was a good move. ELAC has made it clear that it is a safe space for all students no matter what religion, gender, race, or sexual orientation they are. The demand for equality and acceptance for everyone has been on the rise for years, and each year the more…

October 12, 2017

Workshop educates students on gender identity

By Anastasia Landeros  “At what point did you choose to be a boy or a girl?” asked Drian Juarez to a packed room in E3 Friday at a workshop on gender identity. The ELAC Safe Zone Coalition, a group of faculty and staff dedicated to creating a safe campus for undocumented and LGBTQ identified students, hosted the workshop attended by students, faculty and staff. Attendees were given a sheet with…

November 9, 2016

Future of LGBTQ athletes looks bright

By Manny Miguel   Earlier this month 24-year-old University of Missouri football athlete Michael Sam made history by coming out publicly as being gay. He broke many barriers that no one would have thought would be broken, and he did it in a sport that is dominated by machismo. Sam made his historic announcement on ESPN’s Outside the Line with Chris Connelly. “I’m not afraid to tell the world of…

February 26, 2014

It takes courage to stand up for LGBT

By Tadzio Garcia    The topic of the civil rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population is ever current just as it is ever relentlessly under open attack. It’s still socially acceptable to denounce LGBTs. It takes a measure of courage to stand up for LGBTs, that is, their right to be themselves without fear of danger. The United Nations has not convinced its membership of its Universal Declaration…

May 22, 2013