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GSA President Thomas Funnell 25, leftmost, said, The general climate [for LGBTQ students on campus] is accepting. But there are some individuals, as there always are, who try and make it difficult for people like us. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

LGBTQ students and allies welcome at the GSA

Alejandro Hernandez April 2, 2023

The club open to people of all identities The VHS GSA, a club dedicated to LGBTQ students and allies, formerly stood for the Gay-Straight Alliance. Today it stands for the Gender-Sexuality Alliance, a...

Ventura High School English teacher Elizabeth Mainz said, Theres all kinds of words and phrases that we gender as a society that we dont always cognitively think of. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Opinion: It’s time to de-gender the English language

Alejandro Hernandez February 24, 2022

Gender-neutral terms must come first Gender. According to the Merriam-Webster definition, gender is, “the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex.” It has a...

Transgender students, senior Alexander Crimes (left) and juniors Max Bolle (center) and Noah Tallent (right) use their clothing and mannerisms to express their gender identity.
Photo by: Miles Bennett

Stuck in the wrong body but staying strong

Miles Bennett March 2, 2019

“My breasts feel like cancerous tumors and my voice feels like the result of some horrible accident. I don't feel like I grew up with these things, and I feel like the ‘feminine’ things about me...

Creswell resignation accepted, Dr. Jeff Davis interim superintendent

Creswell resignation accepted, Dr. Jeff Davis interim superintendent

Micah Wilcox December 14, 2018

Ventura Unified School District has selected Dr. Jeff Davis, current Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources as the interim superintendent to succeed resigning Superintendent David Creswell according...

Junior Aidan Moran said of his own thoughts on Creswell’s comments on LGBTQI+ youth: “Even though he said some things that I may not agree with, I have talked with Superintendent Creswell numerous times and have never felt as if he was discriminatory, in fact he was quite the opposite.” Photo by: Sam Hicks

VUSD Superintendent accused of bigotry

Garrett Jaffe, Miles Bennett, and Sam Hicks November 29, 2018

On Feb. 21 2016, the current Superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District, David Creswell, appeared at the Redeemer Baptist Church in Riverside California to deliver a sermon as a guest pastor....

Steve Bailey shares his thoughts on Superintendent David Creswells 2016 sermon. That one four minute section of that sermon took the school district back 20 years, said Bailey. Photo by: Micah Wilcox

Diversity Collective hosts community meeting on superintendent’s remarks

Micah Wilcox November 28, 2018

“We would never have hired [Superintendent David Creswell] if we had known [about] this,” said school board member Mary Haffner about Cresswell’s controversial 2016 sermon in which he made statements...

Gays? In my Community? Its more likely than you think

Gays? In my Community? It’s more likely than you think

Alicja Fowler and Kylie Torres March 6, 2018

The LGBTQ+ community has many places in Ventura County where people can hang out and access resources, including the Diversity Collective (DCVC). DCVC is a collection of therapists and support groups...

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