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Black Lives AND Blue Lives Matter
Why does it have to be one or the other?
author image Bryant joins the youth program Police Explorers, and then gets racially profiled by two officers who haul him down to the station. He explores both sides of the police brutality issue.

Growing up, I saw many of my family members make bad decisions. Some got arrested a bunch of times; some are in a gang. My mom, dad, and grandma smoked marijuana and abused alcohol... [more]

Election 2016: What Matters to Us Election 2016: What Matters to Us
Stopped & Frisked...But I Still Want To Be a Cop - My Way Out of Homelessness - I March for Black Lives - A Bully Running For President - PLUS: BOOK REVIEW - The Kite Runner: Muslim ≠ Terrorist
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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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I Choose Foster Care The author 's mom swings wildly from sweet to violent. The author wants her family but at 19, decides to opt for the benefits of foster care. [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]
Speak Out: 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]
My Journey Back from Depression When Samira is sent to a mental hospital she feels trapped, until a sympathetic social worker helps her open up. [more]
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