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Telling Myself Who I Am
One step at a time.
author image With humor, the writer shares his emotional journey from "trying to be straight" and imitating how "real" boys act, to his coming out both to himself and his parents

“Are you gay?” the short girl with the blue jeans asked me. Not again, I thought. I instantly got defensive... [more]

Taking Care of Myself Taking Care of Myself
Plan B Was Plan A - Leaving My Toxic Home Behind - The Truth About Self Harm - Black Girl Magic - Finally Proud of My Body - PLUS: The Muslim Ban: Un-American
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Keeping Immigrants Out Isn’t the Key to Our Safety—Gun Control Is Melanie argues that gun control is the way to keep American's safe—not Trump's attempts to keep immigrants out of the country. [more]
The Muslim Ban Is Un-American "Not allowing people into our country who are in search of a better life, like my family, is inhumane," writes Melanie Mata, whose family immigrated from the Dominican Republic in the 1900s. [more]
Movie Review: <em>The Zookeeper’s Wife</em> Jose reviews the film, The Zookeeper's Wife, a true story about a Polish couple who saves over 300 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. [more]
Too Fat or Too Thin The writer's family consistently taunts her about her shape and eating habits. She summons the confidence to stand up to their negative talk. [more]
Six Weeks in Thailand When Brianna visits Khon Kaen through an intercultural exchange program, she learns to be more independent. “This trip helped me discover that despite my natural inclination to be shy, I am capable of doing courageous things.” [more]
Guys Have Body Issues, Too Yousef defies the stereotype that only women suffer from insecurities about their bodies. “I feel like no one realizes men can feel the same way,” he writes. [more]
Worst. Year. Ever. My Struggle With Scoliosis Hande moves to Queens from Istanbul, Turkey and while struggling to learn English and fit in, she gets scoliosis, a serious back condition requiring surgery. Find out how she made “good out of bad.” [more]
Book Review: <em>Nujeen</em> “Some people don’t want Syrian refugees to come here. But we need to help them,” writes Jaelyn. That 17-year-old Nujeen is also wheelchair-bound makes her journey from Syria to Germany even more dramatic. [more]
Why Activism Matters Now More Than Ever Now that Trump is president, the Mexican-American writer, who is outraged by his hateful language about “all people who aren’t white and rich like him,” begins attending protests to make her voice heard. [more]
I’m More Than My Grades Aishamanne is a fierce, informed debater of social issues and flourishes as a reporter on her high school newspaper. But she worries colleges will only judge her based on her average grades. [more]
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