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Alone Then Not Alone

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I was 12 when I first realized I was attracted to boys. I come from a strict, religious Sikh family, and I could not reveal these feelings to my parents. So I had a private notebook that I wrote and drew in. One picture was of two nude men. I knew about homosexuality from teen […]

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Anonymous

God Guided Me From West Africa to America

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Names have been changed. Converting to Christianity put my life in danger, but it also helped guide me to safety. I grew up in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, in West Africa. My mom died when I was 7, and after that I lived with my dad, my two brothers, and then my stepmother. My […]

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How I Came to See Islam in a New Light

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“Mom, please! I will wear the hijab tomorrow,” I tried convincing my mother as I got ready for my first day of 6th grade. “No, Mariam,” she said. “You have to wear it. Come on, you’re running late.” Instead of feeling nervous about adjusting to a new class, I was mainly worried about one thing: […]

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Connecting Through Culture

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I lived with my Puerto Rican mother in New York’s Lower East Side until I was 16 and went into care. My mother spoke English and Spanish to me, and my grandmother, who lived nearby, spoke mainly Spanish. My mother cooked yellow rice mixed with pigeon peas, white rice, beans, seasoned beef, pork, baked chicken, […]

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