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Issue #261 (March/April 2018) issue cover
No Gender Box For Me

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Andrew feels different and unaccepted because of his gender identity and sexuality. But after he finds accepting friends online, he gains the confidence to come out in person.
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Winnie’s family, particularly her grandmother, pressure her to be submissive, quiet, and spend her adulthood raising children. She finds the courage to stand up to her grandmother’s sexism.
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“Even though I have a man’s body, I have never felt male,” writes J.P. Then during an “identity” activity at his YMCA program, he learns the word gender nonconformer, and “I finally had something to call myself.” (full text)

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Ria examines how social media, her family, friends, and other aspects of society has influenced her negative attitudes toward women, including herself. (full text)

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Nina supports her claim that the response to Hurricane Maria shows islanders are treated like second-class citizens compared to mainland Americans. (full text)

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During the five years that Amya lived in four shelters, she relied on words, both reading and writing them, to soothe her and help her survive the extreme insecurity of homelessness. (full text)

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Until she was 10, the writer had a close relationship with her grandfather. Then he disappeared. She tries to come to terms with the reality and mystery of his absence. (full text)

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“I feel confined in a cage called ‘desperately trying to please my parents.’ Inside I am wild to break free,” the author writes. Eventually, she discovers how. (full text)

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Readers provide opinion, advice, and ideas to authors who contributed to previous issues. (full text)

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Joseph struggles between angered resentment and love for his older brother, who goes from star student to drug addict and eventually lands in jail. (full text)

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While shooting hoops on the court, Toyloy witnesses his friend being bullied by an older boy. Instead of standing up for his friend and risk getting beaten up, the writer does nothing. Toyloy reflects on his behavior. (full text)
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