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The Transgender Moment?

May 26, 2016

It’s a moment that most of us experience several times a day. And when we’re in public, most of us proceed almost without thinking to the nearest door bearing our corresponding gender signifier, the all-familiar…

Alfonso Gonzales started at USC in 1947 as the first person in his family to go to college. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Never Too Late

May 24, 2016

My first memory is of my grandmother. I’m 4 years old and she’s wearing a long dress and cooking tortillas in the boarding house she ran in the Lompoc, Calif., mining camp where I was born. Now, I am four years…

“I never envisioned myself working in fashion, although, I was always attracted to it,” Lauren Santo Domingo said. Photo by Andrew H. Walker.

Unapologetically Glamorous

May 24, 2016

Scroll through entrepreneur and style icon Lauren Santo Domingo’s Pinterest page and you will find an impeccably curated collection of images. On the social media site, Santo Domingo’s assemblages run the gamut of…

DNA was first identified in the late 1860s by Swiss chemist Friedrich Miescher, but nearly a century would pass before the famous three-dimensional double-helix structure would come to the fore. Fast forward another six decades to the present day, and science has laid bare the human genome in its entirety. Illustrations by Janice Kun.

Molecular You

May 24, 2016

Upbringing and circumstance — and the consequences of a lifetime of decisions — all shape us to varying degrees. And the environment undoubtedly plays some role. But, at the core of it all is our genetics, the…

The virtual nature of the online world can lull users into a false sense of security. But the dangers are real, and cyberspace can leave a lasting mark on incautious visitors. Illustrations by Matthew Pla Savino.

Personal Net Worth

May 24, 2016

For many parents, the inexorable approach of puberty and those awkward teenage years sends a clear signal that it is time for “the talk.” The conversation in mind, however, has nothing to do with birds or…

Edoardo Ponti. Photo by John Livzey.

The Craftsman

May 24, 2016

Taking a break from his work to talk about filmmaking, Edoardo Ponti’s eyes lit up. He leaned into his seat, a plush booth at the Soho House West Hollywood with a bird’s-eye view of Los Angeles, where he had been…

Millennials are often stigmatized as “slacktivists” who prefer using a hashtag or signing a petition on social media to being truly engaged. Illustrations by Justin Renteria.

Defying the Labels

May 24, 2016

The biggest generation since the boomers, U.S. millennials — those born between 1980 and 2000 — are the most technologically advanced and racially and ethnically diverse group in history. They are arguably also the…

Photos by Djak Azran.

No RuPaul-ogies: Alpha Mulugeta

March 7, 2016

“I like my body,” Alpha Mulugeta ’06 declared with a subtle rasp to his voice. A midsummer cold belied his normally dulcet tone. “I’m gender variant, but that doesn’t mean I want to be a…

Photos by Daryl German.

Racing With Style: Jenny Wu

February 12, 2016

A leading voice on the style scene, Los Angeles fashion lawyer-turned-fashion blogger Jenny Wu ’03 is known among her devotees for cutting an elegant figure in the alluring designer outfits she dons on her blog Good,…

Curtis Kin in his office at the California Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Photos by Damon Casarez.

Good Judgement: Curtis Kin

January 6, 2016

With his easy laugh, even keel and boyish face, Curtis Kin is immediately likeable. Perhaps the type of guy you would cast in a reality television show as a foil to the more outrageous characters. It stands to reason, because…