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Discovering Myself Beyond the Binary

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Names have been changed. I was born male. But starting from age 5, I felt perplexed by the gender binary (the belief that everyone is one of two traditional gender identities). I stared up at bathroom signs in confusion. The monotonous blue walls and the faint smell of urine in the boys’ room felt oddly […]

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When I Lose My Virginity Is Up to Me

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When I started high school and became close with the popular girls, they pressured me to lose my virginity, since I had already been dating my boyfriend for a year. But at 14, I felt I was too young to have sex. My boyfriend understood that and wanted me to have sex only when I […]

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I’m My Own Woman, Not His 

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Names have been changed.  I was 17 and a virgin. Part of me wanted to lose my virginity to someone I loved, but another part of me just wanted to get rid of it. The idea of “losing it to Prince Charming” was starting to feel like a burden.  I was insecure. Growing up, my […]

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MY FIRST TIME: On a Roller Coaster

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My two older sisters love amusement parks. They are thrill-seekers and go on the scariest rides. Every year, my father and I had the job of waiting on the line for them for their next ride or we’d go to the food court. But on this day, my older sister, Christina encouraged me to ride […]

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