Personal Stories: LGBTQ+ Experiences

Growing Up

As part of the CAN/DID Inclusion Series, we launched "CAN/DID Personal Stories" in 2022 as a way to share additional personal experiences and insights from members of the De Anza community.

In October 2022, CAN/DID honored LGBTQ+ History Month and National Coming Out Day with videos featuring members of De Anza's LGBTQ+ community talking about their experiences.

Coming Out Was Liberating

Coming Out Never Ends

Overcoming Substance Abuse, Part 1

Overcoming Substance Abuse, Part 2

More Personal Stories

Erick Aragon

Experiences in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

These videos were released for Filipinx American History Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 2022 – plus some new videos released in October 2023.

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Payton Sample

Sharing Experiences As a Black Person

Students and others spoke about Black heritage for this new series celebrating Black History Month in 2024. A previous series in 2022 featured speakers who shared their "Experiences as a Black Person."

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Natalie Elias

Celebrating Latinx Heritage and Experiences

CAN/DID released a new series of Personal Stories videos to celebrate Raza Heritage Month, from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2023. Look for these videos featuring students, faculty members and classified professionals!

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Previously In the CAN/DID Series

Previous installments in the CAN/DID series have explored perspectives on the Black Lives Matter movement, provided context and strategies for countering anti-Asian racism, explored De Anza's unique Intercultural Studies program and celebrated LGBTQ+ Pride at the college.

Black man in sportcoat: What Is Black Lives Matter?

What Is Black Lives Matter?

What does this important movement mean to De Anza's Black students, faculty members and classified professionals?

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Smiling Latinx man in front of 3 smiling students: Inclusion in Practice at De Anza

Intercultural Studies at De Anza

What are the vision and goals behind the creation of De Anza's ethnic studies program – and what makes it unique?

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Young Asian woman: What Are the Effects of Anti-Asian Scapegoating

Countering Anti-Asian Racism

What is the history behind anti-Asian racism and scapegoating during the pandemic – and how can we confront it?

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smiling faces of seven people: CAN/DID Inclusion Series

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride

How would members of De Anza's LGBTQ+ community describe their views on love, coming out and other questions?

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