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Hopping Off the Emotional Roller Coaster

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Names have been changed. I first noticed Richard when he sat next to me during freshman orientation. He was a basketball player with a sharp jawline — insanely gorgeous, I thought. I loved the curve of Richard’s biceps through his hoodie, his smooth curly hair, and his cute smile. But I was also drawn to […]

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Here, Queer, and Finally Clear

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Names have been changed. “Mami, what does gay mean?” Mami paused before replying. I had just started kindergarten. My mom, my baby sister Rosa, and I were eating dinner. “Why do you ask?” she said in a tentative voice. “Some kids at school were calling Emmett gay.” Emmett was my best friend. He took ballet, […]

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Living in His Fantasy

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I grew up with my mom and stepfather, two grown children who threw drunken temper tantrums and abused their kids. During an attack on my body or mind when I was younger, I would slip away to a happy place inside my head, where I felt no fear or pain. I now know this is […]

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How I Learned What a Real Friend Is

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Names have been changed. I didn’t have too many friends in elementary school because I was shy. It was usually my books and me since I read so much. In the novels I read, friendships were close and supportive. I assumed that’s the kind I would have. Books like the Monster High series, the Heroes […]

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