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Poverty Made Me Ashamed and Secretive

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I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Although we lived in an area that was considered a ghetto, our lives seemed luxurious to me. I thought our house was a castle, since it had three floors that towered over the one-story houses in the neighborhood. School was easy. The classes weren’t that challenging, but […]

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Anonymous

A Basic Recipe

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During previous summers, it felt like my mom was irked by my very presence at home. So at the beginning of quarantine, I was constantly arguing with my parents. After huge fights, once our anger dissipated, one of them might plop a bowl of chestnuts on my desk and throw in a line about their […]

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Breaking Ties With My Mom

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I didn’t meet my parents until I was 9. I grew up in El Salvador with my grandmother and traveled alone to join my father, mother, and two new little sisters who were born in New York. When I first got here, my mom bought me new clothes, and showed me around the neighborhood. She […]

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Anonymous

If Allah Loves Everyone, Doesn’t He Love Gay People?

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Names have been changed. My mother is a devout Muslim from Ethiopia, and when I was 5, she briefly sent my older brother and me to after school Quran classes. I remember feeling that I did not belong, and learning about Quran history and writing in Arabic did not interest me. After we quit Quran […]

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