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February 24, 2020

Posts by: Astro Pittman

Homo and Homeless for the Holidays

Yep. It’s December. The last month of the year, and goodness this year has flown by! Fall Quarter is over, finals are fading from the sight of students, and the holiday season is in full swing. Traffic is excruciating and rage-inducing. Christmas music accosts us in every conceivable establishment, advertisements for 50% off store-wide are


Transgender Day of Remembrance

This month, on November 20th, we observe Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a nationwide annual vigil to honor and celebrate the lives of those lost to transphobic violence. TDOR was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith, to honor trans woman Rita Hester, who was killed in 1998. Nationwide, vigils are held to

Danni Askini

The Tribulations of a Trans Activist

  Seattle-based transgender activist Danni Askini has been rendered stateless since June 29th of this year, after being denied renewal of her U.S. passport by the State Department. Danni has been an outspoken and highly visible transgender rights activist for many years. Until just a few days ago, Danni was the Executive Director of the

Seattle Collegian Poster

A Letter From The Editor

Hello gentle readers!  A brand-new academic year is in full swing here at Seattle Central, which I hope is treating all of you well thus far. To those of you just beginning your journey here at Central, I bid you a warm welcome. To those of you returning, welcome back. For us here at The

Through the Looking Glass

I believe that personal style is a dichotomous artform. If you choose to, you can uncover your psyche while covering your body. Clothing is both an armoring and a laying bare, a defense and a vulnerability, a liberation and a cage. It is an opportunity to break the rules while conforming to society’s expectation: the

The Curious Case of the Binary Buttons

Let’s face it: our world is built on a foundation of gender and sexism. Gender inequality, demeaning stereotypes, diminished role expectations, pigeonholes, misogyny, oppression and glass ceilings are all products of a gender-based society. Since the dawn of recorded history, “man” has been finding ways to manipulate what would otherwise be just body parts into

Behind the Curtain

“People have told me about organized crime in the fashion industry, but I can’t talk about that. I’m looking to stay alive.” – Calvin Klein   In 1998, at the tender and awkward age of 18, I was approached by a young woman who represented a modeling agency. She said I had the “it factor”

Astro Pittman on school sculpture

The Eye of the Beholder

    “Yes, because that’s really what this whole multibillion-dollar industry is all about, isn’t it? Inner beauty.” –The Devil Wears Prada   Individuality and inclusivity have long been banners here at Seattle Central. Everyone is welcome here, and we are all seen as unique and talented, and afforded the same opportunities to succeed without

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