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​​​Arriving, Finally, As My Chosen Name  

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I had recently cut my hair short for the first time. At school, a male friend saw me and said, “You look like a boy,” and it felt validating, especially coming from a boy. Then, it started to click that maybe I wasn’t the girl I thought I was.  A few nights later, I sat […]

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Movie Review: Moonlight

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Moonlight is about a character I’ve never seen in a movie—a gay thug who is big, bad, and scary, but who expresses his feelings. Instead of a monster, the movie shows a drug dealer as a human being. His name is Chiron, and he lives in a poor part of Miami, Florida. The movie is […]

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The Long Journey Home

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Names have been changed. When I was a 5-year-old boy in Mexico, I had a red sweater with a hood. I loved to put it on my head and pretend that it was my long, beautiful hair. I looked like a girl even with short hair. In kindergarten, during recess, boys chased me in the […]

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Straight Girl Stands Up for Gays

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In 5th grade, I had a friend who told me that she was bisexual. I had no idea what it was and I asked her. “It means I like boys, but I like girls too,” my 12-year-old friend told me. I had never heard of such a thing and I found it intriguing, since I […]

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