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When a Friend’s Not Worthy
Friends are supposed to take care of each other.
author image When the writer arrives here from China, she quickly befriends a girl who she feels the need to protect. She learns that the relationship isn't reciprocal.

Charlotte was the first friend I made after I moved here from Guangzhou, China two years ago. I started high school the third day after I landed. She stood at the entrance and smiled at me... [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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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]
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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