Interviews

Interviews

 

On this page you’ll find long interviews (2-3 hours) with queer and trans community college students in California, most of whom attend college in Sacramento. Click on the student’s names to watch them. On many of the students’ pages, you’ll also find short videos (~1-3 mins) in which the student discusses a specific aspect of their experiences.

To watch other short videos focused on specific topics relating to the lives and educational experiences of the students, go to the short project videos page.

Click on the tags menu below to view students by community (e.g. neurodivergent; Latine; Non-Binary, etc.).

Aiden

(He/Him)

Aiden is a community college student, studying Psychology. He was raised in New Jersey, but resides with his husband and two dogs in Sacramento. He has been socially transitioning for 15 years, and medically for nearly a decade. He started at CSU, Sacramento in the Fall of 2023.

Alexander

(He/They)

Alex is a a queer disabled neurodivergent low-income student. He recently graduated from the Los Rios Community College system (2023) with two Associates degrees and he’s transfering to Sac State for their Bachelor’s in Psychology. They write books, build wooden figures and structures, and play video games in what little spare time he has.

Allan

(He/Him)

Allan is trans, ace and queer. He is a psychology student minoring in interdisciplinary neuroscience and an artist focusing in visual and auditory mediums.

Ashley

(She/They)

Ashley is an autistic, speech-impaired, and transfeminine student at American River College. She particularly enjoys animation, video games, and cooking, and is currently working towards her acting certificate.

Ayacaxtli

(She/They)

Ayacaxtli is Two-Spirit because they are an indigenous person who is pansexual. She is attending Sacramento City College and is studying to become a lawyer. Ayacaxtli wants to be a Civil Lawyer so they can hold big companies responsible for land-grabs that destroy the environment, as well as hold the government responsible for not respecting tribal treaties.

Ayana

(She/Her)

Ayana is a bi-curious 21 year-old cisgender woman. She is a Studio Art and Art history major, and in the future she hopes to venture into higher education and eventually own her own gallery space that focuses on black and POC artists. Outside of making art, she loves to learn by watching documentaries and video essays. She also loves playing video games, with my favorites being The Sims, Animal Crossing, and The Legend of Zelda series!

Brian

(He/They/It)

Brian attends community college in Sacramento, California where he is studying cybersecurity. He is a transman and pansexual and he identifies as multiracial (white and south Asian) as well as neurodivergent. Brian likes to play Minecraft with friends, he loves animals, enjoys walks and looking at plants, and being creative.

Caitlin

(She/Her)

Cat attends American River College in Sacramento, California where she studies Art and Sociology. She plans to start a non-profit organization that makes art therapy services available to marginalized communities. She is an artist, and in her free time some hobbies include: reading about science, writing essays and poetry, studying astrology, and collecting rocks.

Cass

(She/They)

Cassandra is a non-binary transfemme lesbian staff member and student at SCC. Cass uses they/them and she/her pronouns, with no particular preference for either set. She graduated in 2021 from SCC with an AS in Design and Digital Media and currently works as an Instructional Assistant at the SCC Makerspace. Right now, they’re intending to pursue a transfer degree in Biological studies in hopes of becoming a coroner. In her free time, Cass enjoys writing, crafting for cosplay, and digging into the intricacies of movies, games, and music. 

Ciel

(She/They)

Ciel attends American River College, studying under its Funeral Service Education program. They are aromantic bisexual, and like to play video games. Her career goal is to one day become an embalmer. 

Dale

(He/They)

Dale is a current Sacramento City College student studying Criminal Justice. They are an artist, dancer, and single parent. His favorite way to spend time is reading or with his child. They hope to become a forensic pathologist eventually after perusing a simpler forensic science position. 

Diego

(They/Them)

Diego was born on September 22, 1991 in Chicago, and is transgender, non-binary, and the middle child of three. They spend their free time crafting or creating art, such as spray painting, airbrushing, drawing, playing music (guitar, bass, piano), playing video games, training Kuk Sool (traditional Korean martial arts), or socializing with friends and family.

 



Emily

(Any/All Pronouns)

Emily is genderqueer, asexual, aro-spec (aromantic-spectrum), pan-attracted, and non-monogamous. They are a Social Work major at Sacramento State University and transferred from San Joaquin Delta College. He doesn’t have a specific career goal in mind, and hopes to find it as he learns about the social work field in college. A few of her interests and hobbies are cooking, baking, reading, gardening, playing video games, and listening to music.

Felix

(He/Him)

Felix lives with his sister and two cats in Sacramento, California. He is a bisexual trans man. He attends American River College in Sacramento. He also loves his cat Leo and watching movies.

Francisco

(He/They)

Francisco attends college primarily at American River College in Sacramento, California where he studies Sociology. He loves to listen to music, make playlists, travel, be with his partner and our pets. They aren’t 100% sure what their current career goal is, but they are thinking of becoming a teacher like their mom and grandma.

Gabriela

(She/They)

Gaby is a first-generation Honduran American born in Sacramento, California. They have recently graduated with an A.S. in General Science from American River College, and is continuing her studies at Portland State university in the Public Health field. She is active in the Sacramento Queer community participating in the SVLGS softball league, @QueerSports events, and supporting community organizers. They hope to continue to give back to the community in Portland that has nurtured her growth after coming from a strict, religious upbringing. Their passions for caring for others, education, and inclusion drives them to continue working in the health field to make a difference for Queer BIPOC+ in healthcare.

Gavriel

(He/Him)

Gavriel is a transgender college student at Sacramento City College studying nutrition. He has plans to transfer to Sacramento State University in the near future, and his career goal is to be a clinical dietitian. In his free time he enjoy playing trumpet, photography, and cooking.

Hevani

(She/Her)

Hevani is bisexual and asexual. She is Tongan and a quarter Puerto Rican from her mom. She currently attends Sacramento City College where she is majoring in biochemistry. She hopes to transfer to UC Davis or Sac State to finish her degree and pursue a career in forensic science. A few of her favorite hobbies are reading, writing, sketching, painting and being a rugby referee.

Isabel

(She/Her)

Isabel identifies as transfeminine and bisexual, and autistic. She’s a second-generation immigrant whose parents are originally from Moldova. Her hobbies include listening to music and playing the violin and the guitar. She also enjoys spending time with friends, reading, watching TV and movies, and she enjoys spending time on the internet, playing video games, spending time with friends, and she enjoys 3D printing. She is a community college student at American River College in Sacramento where she is majoring in commercial music recording.

Juliana

(She/Her)

Juliana is a bisexual woman who is trans, neurodivergent, and ethnically jewish. She is studying philosophy and psychology at American River college. After transferring to a four-year University, she is hoping to go into a career where she can help people. Some of her favorite things to do include playing the piano, hanging out with friends, watching youtube, and shopping.

Krystal

(They/Them)

Krystal is second-generation Chinese American, genderqueer, and pansexual. They were born and raised in the various areas of the San Francisco Bay Area. Krystal has an Associate’s Degree in Social Sciences and soon will have an Associate’s Degree in Social Justice from American River College. Through lived experiences and education they have been working towards dismantling the Model Minority Myth in their work and community. They have a passion for learning Asian American history, mostly in California, and the connection to how food has changed through the generations.

Krystal L.

(They/Them)

Krystal L. is a journalism major at Sacramento City College. They identify their sexuality as unlabeled. They are interested in becoming a journalist to raise awareness about the inequities of our world. In their free time, they love eating food, drama, and writing (especially about said food & drama). They plan on transferring to a 4-year college in California within the next year or so.

Leah

(They/Them)

Leah is a non-binary lesbian attending Sacramento City College. They are studying geology/hydrology and their goal is to work as a hydrologist making sure people have safe access to clean water in California! In their free time they enjoy watching TV, crocheting, and being outdoors.

Lenee

(She/They)

Lenee is a student at Sacramento City College studying studio art. Lenee identifies as queer, bisexual, gender fluid, polyamorous, and autistic, and is the president of the Queer Straight Alliance club at her college. Their hobbies include watching YouTube videos, reading, drawing, knitting, taking care of plants, and taking pictures.

Linh

(She/Her)

Linh is a student at Cosumnes River College studying to go into the neuroscience field. She is on the ace and aromantic spectrums. Outside of school, she loves to draw and read, as well as spend time outdoors by running or hiking.

Lupe

(She/Her)

Lupe is a natural resources student at American River College. She comes from a mixed family with an Ashkenazi Jewish father and a Chicana mother. She grew up in Woodland, California, a farming town where everyone is either her cousin or a classmate from high school. Her hobbies include electronic technology, forestry,and crafting.

Maco

(He/Him)

Maco is a disabled, Latino trans man, and is a student at American River College. He is majoring in Political Science, and intends to transfer to UC Davis in the Fall of 2024 with a minor in either philosophy or education with the intention of becoming both a lawyer (either immigration or criminal) and a high school Social Science teacher. When not focusing on his studies, he enjoys reading, playing video games, hanging out with his loved ones, baking, cooking, or dabbling in the occasional arts. Ceramics is his absolute favorite type of art medium, but he also enjoys painting as well as traditional and digital art.

Maria

(She/They)

Maria identifies as omnisexual and polyamours, as well as “indigenous and as a goddess.” They are not particular about pronouns as she is non-binary. Maria is a 37-year-old Bay Area native. Maria is a first-generation student working on 3 associates degrees, all related to communications, at American River College. Her long-term goal is a PHD in Behavioral Neuroscience with a focus on neurodivergence and the positive global impacts we can usher by supporting these folks in their special interests. Maria enjoys being in nature, reading, creating content, and making memories with their son and family.

Maria Q.

(She/They)

Maria attends community college in Sacramento where they study Psychology. When not in school, Maria enjoys singing and song-writing, writing, reading, and drawing, as well as going out with friends and hiking.

Mariah

(She/Her)

Mariah is from Sacramento, California and attends American River College. She identifies as a queer woman/questioning lesbian. She’s also biracial: white and Mexican American. She loves art, including drawing, watching cartoons, and going to the movies.

Zoë

(She/Her)

Zoë is from the Philippines, but considers herself a Sacramento native. She has a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and is currently attending Sac City to pursue medical school. When she’s not working or studying the sciences, she enjoys reading, writing poetry, cooking, watching movies, and other artistic endeavors.

Mico

(He/They)

Mico (he/they) graduated from UC Santa Cruz and is currently attending a community college in Sacramento in order to become a nurse. He is a queer Filipino trans man who is also neurodiverse. When not studying, he enjoys doing things outdoors, including hiking, camping, and going to the beach. He also enjoys going to festivals and concerts and is getting more into cooking.

Phoenix

(He/They)

Phoenix is a trans man who enjoys learning and relaxing in the backyard. He loves nature, and enjoys going on walks on trails when he has time. His major is revolves around his love for nature as well! He hopes to transfer to UC Davis in two and a half years’ time. Although he has a handful of challenges at home (with family members) it has gotten slightly better after years of therapy. Phoenix hopes to eventually become an Environmental lawyer.

Phoenix

(They/She)

Phoenix is an LGBTQIA+ autistic person who is hard of hearing. They work for the Department of Health Care Services for the State of California as a Staff Services Analyst (General). They take online classes at the Los Rios community college system for fun. They have an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, but they decided to switch paths due to the toxicity in the engineering discipline. They love cats and dogs a lot, even more than people.

Rocky

(She/He/They)

Rocky is African-American, White and non-binary. They are also bisexual and demisexual. He is currently a first year at American River College and is studying Psychology in hopes of becoming a teacher someday.

Ronnie

(He/Him)

Ronnie is a student at Sacramento City College where he is pursuing an associate’s degree in Sociology, and his goal is to transfer either to Sacramento State University or an HBCU. He’s originally from San Diego, California and has lived in Sacramento for nearly a decade. Ronnie’s interests include working, and volunteering for the LGBTQ Imperial Court system as a drag performer, and volunteering to serve the community. 

Ryal

(He/They)

Ryal identifies broadly as queer. He is a lifelong student with interests in the Social Sciences and Humanities. He loves animals and enjoys camping, video games, reading, and spending time with friends.

Sam

(She/They)

Sam is a student at Sacramento City College (SCC) with many educational passions, such Psychology, Philosophy, Art and Law, Public Policy & Society. They have experienced many obstacles through their path towards getting a higher education. As a long-term SCC student, Sam has seen the overall improvements of services and programs provided to students. They hope that these helpful tools continue to improve and encourage the implementation of new courses that further educate students of the future. 



Sara

(They/All)

Sara is a queer, first generation college student, returning to school after previously receiving their BS in Psychology from UC Davis. They are currently in the Library and Information Technology Program at Sacramento City College. Sara is a community organizer working to cultivate a sustainable network of mutual aid and support within their community.

Savvy

(Shey/They/It)

Savvy identifies as a queer demigirl. Savvy currently studies Graphic Design at American River college and is also pursuing a certificate in 3D animation. Savvy loves creating digital artwork, listening to music, and bringing joy to people. They hope to one day work in 3D production in film. 



Soledad

(She/They/It)

Soledad is a Mexican-American/Chicana bisexual nonbinary transgender woman. She is a Pre-Health major planning to attend the Vet Tech Program at Cosumnes River College (though she is thinking about changing her major again). They like to read, do makeup, play video games, and crochet as a few of their favorite hobbies.

Spencer

(He/Him)

Spencer is a queer trans man. He is open about his transition and he aspires to be a K-12 teacher in public schools. Spencer hopes to be open about his gender identity with his future students and be a positive role model for LGBT+ youth. His favorite pastime is solving jigsaw puzzles.

Tania

(She/Her)

Tania is a bisexual, Mexican American women and a first-generation college student. She attends Sacramento City College and is currently studying Early Childhood Development. Her goal is to become an Elementary teacher. Her hobbies include ceramics, watching movies, reading, and camping.

Thao

(She/They)

Thao, who sometimes goes by Leia (pronounced Leah), uses she/her pronouns, but also sometimes they/them. She currently attends Sacramento City College with a major in Business Administration. Some of their hobbies involve gaming, photography and collecting books or raiding the arcade machines for their claw games. Currently she hopes that after she gets a degree and a stable job that is enough to provide for her and her household, she would like to open a cat cafe in the future in order to promote adoption, as well as operating as a temporary shelter for abandoned cats.

Thomas

(He/Him)

Thomas identifies as Mexican American, bisexual, and on the autism spectrum.  He is a community college student and a part-time worker in the food and service industry. His major is History and some of his hobbies are watching Mexican black and white movies, building with legos and learning about Mexican and American history. He also loves to make outfits. He wants to be an immigration and special needs lawyer and, and would like to graduate with academic honors and be a speaker at his graduation.

Trajan

(He/Him)

Trajan is a queer African-American student of Jamaican and Austrian descent who attended Folsom Lake College. He worked as a founding team member at Folsom Lake College’s Equity Center where he assisted his campus in helping students reeling from the impacts from the pandemic. During his last year of community college, Trajan served on the Los Rios Community College Board of Trustees as a Student Trustee. In the fall of 2023, Trajan transferred to UC Berkeley where he will major in economics.

William

(He/Him)

William studies social justice and administration of justice at American River College. He identifies as a biracial, gay, masculine-presenting man. He plans to transfer to Sacramento State in the spring of 2024 to study ethnic studies. In the following years, after completing his BA in ethnic studies, he would like to pursue an MA in public policy and administration. A few of his interests include politics/student government, advocacy, and modeling.  In the future, he would like to become a diversity and inclusion officer for campuses or companies.



Xander

(He/Him)

Xander is a gay trans man. He’s a student at American River College majoring in Sociology and Women’s and Gender studies. Due to his own life experiences and his involvement with the LGBTQ+ community he’s become focused on addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ people, which is why my goal is to go into social work.