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My Name Is Mason Martinez
Changing my name helped me understand my gender identity
author image Mason's journey to find a name that better fits their identity leads them on a path of self-reflection that eventually brings fulfilling results.

I sat in the back of the classroom during my sophomore year of high school. I was anxious as the teacher began attendance. Minutes before, I had practically begged her to call me Scott, the name I felt more comfortable with... [more]

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How I Became a Racist The writer wants to fit in with his friends so much, he is willing to remain in denial about their racism. [more]
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Fat and Beautiful A.C. writes about learning to love her body and wear clothing that make her feel proud, rather than what others think she should wear. [more]
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The Color of Beauty Melissa writes about colorism not just in her Guyanese community but within her Guyanese family. [more]
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Puerto Ricans Are Americans, Too Nina supports her claim that the response to Hurricane Maria shows islanders are treated like second-class citizens compared to mainland Americans. [more]
How to Support Trans and Gender-Diverse Students A trans, non-binary teen offers ways for teachers to help similar youth feel more supported at school. [more]
What I Learned From the ‘Return the Children’ Protest Are protests an effective tool for change? Christina examines this while reporting on an action against the administration’s zero-tolerance policy, which caused the separation of over 2,500 children from their parents or guardians at the U.S.-Mexico border. [more]
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Flipping the Script With the teen organization Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.), Sashwat participates in a theater performance designed to combat violence. [more]
Brooklyn Teens Work to ‘Save Their Streets’ From Gun Violence Gang violence is frequent on the streets of Guaiba, Brazil, where Carolina is from. She visits Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.), to learn how they are working to make their community safer. [more]
I Learned to Love My Safety High School Gabby writes about overcoming the disappointment of not being accepted into a specialized high school. [more]
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Smart AND Black—My Teachers’ Worst Nightmare Angie feels discriminated against when a teacher accuses her of cheating after she performs “too well” on a quiz. [more]
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