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My Body, Not Your Business
Learning to speak up.
author image Boys sexually harass the writer in middle school after she develops. Her friends don't take it seriously and she's too embarrassed to tell her parents.

I was at a Mets game with my 7th grade class when, without warning, an 8th grader who’d been verbally harassing me about my body for a year turned around and touched my breast. I hit him hard in the face... [more]

How I Got Through It How I Got Through It
He Was Cute, Then Creepy - Mom, Dad, Leave Me Out Of It - I’m Nothing Like My Violent Father - PLUS: I’m #BlackinBrooklynTech - Why We Must Dump Trump
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FEATURED STORIES
History Repeating: A Review of <em>Orphan Train</em> by Christina Baker Kline Marlo reviews a novel about two girls in foster care in different eras and finds aspects of being in care that are timeless. [more]
Girl Crazy DeAnna comes out to her mother as bisexual and gets a surprising response. Eventually, she identifies as a "full-time lesbian." [more]
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Fed Up With Being Labeled Austin wrestles with the pressure he gets from friends based on an Asian stereotype. "You're made to be good in math," they say. [more]
The Changing Relationship Between Christianity and Gay People<br /> This interview with New York City-based Reverend Edgard F. Danielsen-Morales, who is gay, offers a different way of interpreting the Bible than the traditional Christian version. [more]
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Acting Brave Made Me Brave Shameera surprises herself when she’s able to remain strong and brave during two natural disasters. Inspired by her courage in handling these situations, she attempts to conquer her biggest fear: public speaking. [more]
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The Roller Coaster of Sexuality The author writes about his ongoing exploration of his sexuality and why bisexual is his current placeholder. He says, “concrete and permanent labels don’t describe how we feel during the discovery process.” [more]
The 2016 Presidential Election Your questions about voting answered. YCteen editors also ask the writers: If you were 18, who would you have voted for in the primary and why? [more]
Missing My Mom When Jovani's supportive, loving mother unexpectedly dies, he deals with her painful absence by reflecting on the values and ideas she instilled in him. [more]
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Would My Mom Still Love Me If I Were a Lesbian? Even though Damia’s mom doesn’t mind if other people are gay, she would be disappointed if any of her children were. [more]
Did You Know Batman’s a Dad? Ian struggled with reading and didn't enjoy it until he discovered the world of comics. They have inspired him to read books in other genres and write his own stories. [more]
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