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Breaking Free of My Mom to Be My Real Self

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I first realized that my mom’s violence wasn’t normal one day when I was 7. My mom got drunk, which I’d seen before. I’d seen her physically attack people too, but this time was worse. She pulled me out from underneath the couch by my ponytails. She also dragged my aunt by her hair, hit […]

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Betrayed and Exposed

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Names have been changed Two years ago, when I was a junior in high school, a beautiful girl approached me on a messaging app. I texted her back, and we talked for hours. We figured out that we lived near each other. I was 17 and she was 20. She told me that her name […]

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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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My First Crush

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It was a glance during the early days of 7th grade humanities class that first sparked those feelings inside me. I looked up from my textbook to meet his pale green eyes and was startled. I looked back down, blushing from embarrassment. I looked back up to find his nose deep in his textbook and […]

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