Volume and Number

Volume 51 Issue 01



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Publication Date

Fall 2020


Western Washington University

Editor in Chief

Rasanen, Colton


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Colton Rasanen, Editor-in-Chief

Cassidy Tamburro, Lead Story Editor

Emily Erskine, Story Editor

Olivia Klein, Story Editor

Robert Stein, Story Editor

Nolan Baker, Copy Editor

Eva Bryner, Photo Editor

Claire Ott, Multimedia Editor

Jaya Flanary, Designer

Peggy Watt, Advisor


Mia Amis Ella Banken Mallory Biggar Cooper Campbell Malia Cantimbuhan Alix Condit Claudia Cooper Riley Currie Ian Ferguson Sophia Galvez Ian Haupt Chase Hilden Jason James Maddy Redman Mazey Servin Cameron Sires Rob Stanley Jordan Van Beek


Dearest readers, This is the section that my predecessors have carved out to write something profound about Klipsun’s theme and the stories you will find with- in. Yet, as I write this, I realize there isn’t anything inherently profound to say about pride. Pride is something most people understand from a young age. Life is filled with proud moments. Pride in education and sports, pride in family and pets, even pride in our ability to meet milestones like talking and walking. As I list all these moments, I wonder why it was so hard for me to feel pride growing up. I was only 13 when I real- ized that for many queer peo- ple, pride is a hard-fought bat- tle. Sadly, most of us are never given the tools to fight it. Being forced in the clos- et by societal norms and fear of retribution caused us to hide any outward no- tions of our pride and sulk in the shame of something that was unchangeable. When other layers of identity are added onto this, that battle for pride becomes even tougher. I learned to fight my battle, and now here I am writing this letter in my own magazine edition, themed after the very thing that has taken me so long to obtain. Here is the mandatory call to action: take a second to set this down and think about what you are proud of. (I’ll give you extra space to think about it, too.) Do you have it? Now think of what it took for you to get there. Imagine what life would be like if it brought you shame instead. As you finish this let- ter you will move on to our magazine and discover the stories of pride found with- in our communities. Our writers have worked hard to tell these stories and I hope they bring you even the slightest amount of joy. Once you finish this magazine—you are gonna finish it, right???—I recom- mend you go out and do things with as much pride as you possibly can. Or else, what’s the fucking point? With Pride, Colton Rasanen Editor-in-Chief

Photography Editor

Bryner, Eva


Connell, Joan M.

Publisher (Digital Object)

Resources made available by the Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University, and www.klipsunmagazine.com/.



Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.)


Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student life, Student publication


Independent Student Publication at Western Washington University

Document Type



Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Subject-Topical (LCSH)

College students’ writings, American--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Periodicals; Universities and colleges--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Periodicals

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Western Washington University





Klipsun Magazine, 2020, Volume 51 Issue 01 - Fall



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