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Rejecting My Role Model

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I was a daddy’s girl. In elementary school, whenever someone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said, “I want to be like my dad.” He worked hard, and he was my role model.  He didn’t tell me or my siblings about his childhood. Growing up, my aunt, my dad’s younger […]

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Questioning Gender, Finding Answers

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It happened when I paused outside the girls bathroom during a normal 9th grade math class. For the first time, I began to feel awkward and fearful that I was somehow in the wrong place. I wasn’t sure why I was feeling this way. I checked the sign once, twice. I’m a girl, I silently […]

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Reunion Is Only the Beginning

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The cold and quiet Bangladesh airport filled with my loud cries as I was taken away from my loving mom’s arms and placed into those of a tense and muscular man. I was 4 years old, and his arms felt unfamiliar even though he was my dad. I couldn’t stop crying, yearning for my mom […]

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Scoliosis Doesn’t Make Me a Burden

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The cold hand of my mom’s chiropractor tickled me as she followed my spine. Pointing at it, she told my mom that my spine was curving. I had been experiencing worsening back pain for a few weeks. At first I hadn’t told anyone, afraid to be told that I was making it up to get […]

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