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Discovering Myself Beyond the Binary
It's not a black and white issue.
author image Andrew feels different and unaccepted because of his gender identity and sexuality. But after he finds accepting friends online, he gains the confidence to come out in person.

I was born male. But starting from age 5, I felt perplexed by the gender binary (the belief that everyone is one of two traditional gender identities). I stared up at bathroom signs in confusion... [more]

No Gender Box For Me No Gender Box For Me
How I Found My Gender Identity - Finally Feeling Free to Be Me - Confronting My Family's Sexism - Misogyny Pushback - PLUS: Working Parents, But Still Homeless
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Everyone’s Opinion Deserves Respect After Trump is elected president, Emily makes judgments about his voters. Now she "respects all sides of a conversation, instead of tearing down people who don't think the same way I do." [more]
How I Learned to Embrace Therapy After her mother's death and her father's abandonment, the writer realizes she can't deal with her feelings of loss alone. She discovers therapy and learns "it's OK not to be OK." [more]
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]
I Can Heal The writer is sexually assaulted by her friend, and she keeps it a secret for months until a failed suicide attempt prompts her to write about the experience. [more]
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Am I an Activist? A Roundtable Discussion Writers from the 2017 summer writing workshop explore what it means to be an activist. They realize while talking that they actually do quite a lot! [more]
When I Lose My Virginity Is Up to Me Hande writes about mixed messages girls get about sex: “We’re either made fun if we’re virgins, or if we have sex, we risk getting labeled a slut.” [more]
Helped Through Homelessness Amber is shy and becomes even more so when her family moves to a homeless shelter. After urging from her mom, she starts seeing a counselor. The relationship helps her open up and persevere through this tough time. [more]
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Taking Charge of My Learning Disability After Anaiss learns she has a low reading comprehension level, she is placed in a class that moves slower. At first she resists, but then she notices her progress. Now she’s in the National Honor Society. [more]
Paradise Lost For Atl, spending summers and holidays at his grandparent’s Idaho farm with its “endless hillsides and fields,” meant escaping the city’s chaos. When he finds out his grandparents must sell the farm, he is emotionally unprepared. [more]
There’s More to Black History Than Rosa Parks, MLK, and Malcolm X The writer is upset with the superficial way that Black History Month is traditionally taught, so she takes it upon herself to learn about lesser-known historical figures.
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