The LGBTQ community has made impressive advances in recent years, and we celebrate every victory that brings us closer to full equality for all. But there is still a lot of work to be done before LGBTQ Michiganders cease to be treated as second-class citizens.

Whenever my sister and I visit my uncle, we can always be sure to hear him say, “So how is Snobby-ville?” By “Snobby-ville,” my uncle is referring to Ann Arbor, and, more specifically, the University of Michigan campus.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” –Audre Lorde

How can straight people — survivors or otherwise — be allies to the LGBTQ community both generally and in the context of sexual assault and intimate partner violence?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Meade

Time and time again, Muslim students have found the administration absent when its support was needed most. Muslim students feel unsafe, unwelcome and unheard in a space that is meant to be inclusive of all identities.

If the University of Michigan is supposed to be one of the most liberal campuses in the country, I shudder to think what it is like on other campuses. Like many others who entered the University last fall, I came under the impression that this campus was an oasis of tolerance and diversity.

America should always be a place where a person who is willing to work hard has a fair shot to get ahead and have success in life, no matter his or her background.

“Stop Islam”

“Trump 2016”

“Build the Wall”

This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I stand with survivors who are too often silenced by a culture that refuses to believe them.

I advocate for survivors who never told anyone, not even their best friend, their mom, their partner.