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Let’s Talk About Sex

Let's Talk About Sex

By Samantha Ferro

April 28, 2018

10 weeks after Nia and her partner decided to have sex for the first time, she found out that she was pregnant. Nia had only two options — have the child or have an abortion.   Nia is a current student at Tam that would like to remain anonymous. It seemed that despite completing the multip...

The Monthly Hollumn: Senior Portraits & Gender Issues

The Monthly Hollumn: Senior Portraits & Gender Issues

By Holly Parkin

December 23, 2014

As you can see in the PAI yearbook or any senior’s current profile picture, senior portraits are held in much higher esteem than regular high school yearbook photos. There are formal outfits, multiple poses, and the magic of digital retouching to help us suppress the memories of teenage skin when we...

Something Worth Fighting For: San Rafael High’s Homecoming Embraces Change

Something Worth Fighting For: San Rafael High’s Homecoming Embraces Change

By Emma Talkoff

October 30, 2013

San Rafael High School senior Tenaya Raives took the stage in front of an audience of cheering classmates at the school’s Homecoming game on October 4, the last of 12 formally dressed Homecoming court members to ascend the makeshift steps. An audible swell in applause from the bleachers welcomed a...

In Defense of Alphabet Soup

Graphic by: Cassie Jeong

By Bella Levaggi

October 29, 2013

A lot of today’s social and cultural hot button issues can seem hopelessly mired in a maze of terminology. To an outsider, there seems to be a million specifics to keep track of, and it can get confusing and overwhelming. The myriad letters for sexuality and gender expression combined with pronouns...

The Wrong Kind of Ally

The Wrong Kind of Ally

By Mae Puckett

June 11, 2013

If there’s one thing any queer teenager wants, it is support. We are coming out in a world dominated by straight people, and the last thing we want is to be alienated and isolated in a world that was not built for people like us. This is why we, as the LGBTQQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,...

What I Wish I Learned In Sex Ed

What I Wish I Learned In Sex Ed

By Markita Schulman

June 10, 2013

As the Tamalpais Union High School District gears up to revise its curriculum with a new emphasis on “21st century skills,” I propose it’s as good a time as ever to take a look at our sex education curriculum. Having taken some pseudo-mandatory variation of “sex ed” three separate times in...

Sexuality in an intolerant world

Photo by: Ludovic Bertron

By Elianna Cohen

June 7, 2012

As my dad made a jarring right at the intersection, I noticed the gray sky and the gray parking lot, abandoned by all the cars that would have made it colorful. I was alone with my dad, sitting in the passenger seat. His cheeks sagged against his fake smile and his eyes stared blankly, not focused on...