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Mark Travis Rivera
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Mark Travis Rivera is a student at William Paterson University of New Jersey, majoring in journalism and women’s and gender studies, with a minor in public relations. A freelance writer, choreographer, dancer, and activist, Mark was recently named a recipient of Campus Pride’s national leadership award, Voice and Action, for his leadership and commitment to enhancing the community around him. You can follow Mark on Twitter @markingthepath and learn more about him on his website at

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Why Our Need for Closure Makes Us Selfish

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 4:26 PM

How many times has something ended and you felt as if something was left unfinished because you did not get the closure you wanted?

If you are like me, you have experienced this on a few different occasions and it never gets easier to cope with. How do we...

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On Loving Men Beyond the Erection

(27) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 12:08 PM

My sexuality is not about sex.

Regardless of what the media, the church, or politicians say, my sexuality is not defined by my sexual behaviors or by the size of my penis. I am attracted to men; I like men; my desire for other men doesn't stem from an...

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Coping With Shame: An Open Letter to Dr. Brené Brown

(6) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 2:08 PM

Dear Dr. Brené Brown,

As a Latino, as a man, I have been conditioned not to talk about my problems (or my shame), and not to be vulnerable.

Dr. Brown, you write in your book, Daring Greatly, that we need to own our story, so I...

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BET Isn't the Only One Policing Gender

(7) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 5:18 PM

Marriage equality is not enough.

Pride celebrations were exceptional, particularly with the Supreme Court's ruling on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8. But while some same-sex couples were marrying, another reality was playing out for African-American blogger and television personality B. Scott,...

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