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Athlete Ally Hudson Taylor Athlete Ally Hudson Taylor

Athlete Ally Hudson Taylor

By , 17

I am a high school athlete, and I hear homophobic slurs all the time. Coaches use them to get you to try harder; kids use them on other players to make themselves feel stronger. This type of behavior has been […]

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Bathrooms: A Big Gendered Deal Bathrooms: A Big Gendered Deal

Bathrooms: A Big Gendered Deal

By , 16

This past spring, I went to Storrs, Connecticut to attend the True Colors Conference—a conference all about supporting teens of different sexual orientations and gender identities. All of the bathrooms at the conference were transformed into “all…

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Bisexuality: More than Curiosity Bisexuality: More than Curiosity

Bisexuality: More than Curiosity

By , 17

“I believe a lot more teens would experiment sexually or even be a lot more comfortable with their sexuality if they didn’t fear being harassed, labeled or forced to identify with a particular group,” says Alexis, a 17-year-old from Cedar […]

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Boxed in by Gender Boxed in by Gender

Boxed in by Gender

By , 18

Like many little girls, I wanted to be a ballerina—the epitome of grace, beauty and femininity. As a child, I’d flip through sparkly picture books, play with Barbie dolls and stare at TV screens as dancers pirouetted across stage; all […]

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Breaking My Parents' Mold Breaking My Parents' Mold

Breaking My Parents’ Mold

By , 16

I’ve never fit the mold my parents had for me. They have been Jehovah’s Witnesses for decades. They believe it is a woman’s destiny to get married to a man, have his children and follow his lead as the head […]

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Coming Out as Genderqueer Coming Out as Genderqueer

Coming Out as Genderqueer

By , 18

Almost 11 months ago, I realized something about myself—something that was quite unexpected. I realized I was not a girl. But I didn’t see myself as transgender either. Reading up on the existence of genders outside the binary—being either…

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Defining My Sexual Identity Defining My Sexual Identity

Defining My Sexual Identity

By , 17

Whenever there are enormous posters of shirtless guys and I am surrounded by my cooing friends, I feel uncomfortable. “Look Emma! Look at his abs!” “He’s so hot. Don’t you think?” On this particular day, my posse and I were […]

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