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Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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Dennis grows up around gangs and falls into that lifestyle. Separated from his family, he finds support and guidance in a group home. (full text)
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Marlo has lived in an astonishing variety of places and has never known stability. At age 22, he gets an apartment and wonders what "home" and "family" mean. (full text)
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Mario reviews Mary Gaitskill's latest novel and finds to his surprise that he identifies with the abusive mom as much as the abused daughter. (full text)
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Chris, born Tia, never liked dressing or acting like a girl. At an LGBTQ meeting, he meets other transgender youth and realizes who he is. (full text)
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An abused, traumatized person is much more likely to thrive with at least one close, trusting relationship. This issue looks at how those connections are made and how they help. (full text)
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The author is confused by why her family is so mean to her feminine brother. As she learns what "gay" means, she steps up to defend and support him. (full text)
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Maria's mother leaves her home alone all day and evening and beats her when she is home. Maria is put into care and given a choice of families. (full text)
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The author endures a sexual assault when she's 8, and some of her family blames her. She slowly learns who she should trust and benefits from opening up to the right people. (full text)
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This writer recounts his mother’s reaction when she learns he’s gay from his guidance counselor, and the fallout that ensues as a result. (full text)
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Otis looks back at writing for Represent for five years and how it's helped him get in touch with his feelings and inspire others. (full text)
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Samantha's foster mother sends her mixed signals, and Samantha is not sure how much she can count on her support after she ages out of care. (full text)
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Hollie's mother dies from her alcoholism about a year before Hollie has a son. Hollie is determined to be a better mother herself. (full text)
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As a child, Natasha escaped into an imaginary world to deal with pain. Now she wonders if the habit has outworn its usefulness. (full text)
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Domestic violence expert Heather McLain explains what to do if your parent is being abused. (full text)
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Adrienne Williams-Myers, a licensed clinical social worker, explains how therapy can support families who are reunifying after foster care. (full text)
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Hattie strives to change her negative ways of thinking. She reminds herself of her good qualities and does things she enjoys. (full text)
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After Jennifer’s mom gets involved with an abusive man, it takes years to repair the damage. (full text)
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Hattie wants a romantic relationship but fears getting hurt. (full text)
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When Naomi sees her father paying more attention to her younger sister, she thinks he doesn't like her any more. But after she confronts him about her feelings, they draw closer and she sees how much they have in common. (full text)
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After her father abandons the family, the writer feels weighed down by family responsibilities. Physical symptoms of depression and thoughts of suicide eventually drive her to talk to a counselor, which helps. (full text)
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The author resolves to deal with the anger she’s developed from her abusive childhood, so she won’t abuse others. (full text)
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“Not living with either of my parents made me feel like a puzzle piece that didn’t fit in anywhere,” writes Joel. Therapy makes him feel less out of place and abandoned. (full text)
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For Atl, spending summers and holidays at his grandparent’s Idaho farm with its “endless hillsides and fields,” meant escaping the city’s chaos. When he finds out his grandparents must sell the farm, he is emotionally unprepared. (full text)
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After the writer’s mom gets involved in an abusive relationship, she takes a bold step and moves to Atlanta to live with her father to escape her toxic home life. (full text)
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As the writer grows up, she witnesses her father’s abuse of her mother. After intervening in one of their fights, her father moves out and she learns about abuse prevention through a job. (full text)
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The writer's family consistently taunts her about her shape and eating habits. She summons the confidence to stand up to their negative talk. (full text)
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When Rianna's mom loses her job, the family has to move into a shelter. Of course it isn't like the comfort of home, but it's not the cramped, crowded, dirty place she expected. (full text)
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The writer’s father becomes distant when he loses his job. They fight constantly but when her father learns she’s in therapy to work out their problems, he begins to change.

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David is close with his grandmother until she moves back to Korea.
Then he gets distracted with his new American life in New York and loses touch with her. (full text)
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Levaunna's parents split when her dad admits he has another family. Levaunna starts lying, drinking, and acting out--but a friend helps her stop her destructive behavior. (full text)
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When the writer's older sister moves away to escape her verbally abusive parents, the writer realizes what a valuable role model her sister was. (full text)
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Even though Damia’s mom doesn’t mind if other people are gay, she would be disappointed if any of her children were. (full text)
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Julia was home-schooled until the eighth grade when she decided to switch to a traditional high school. Here, she writes about the pros and cons of both. (full text)
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Desmin remembers his grandmother who died last spring; the woman who was most like a mother to him. She taught him life lessons he will never forget. (full text)
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Jordan feels lucky to have three families—his mother's side, his father's side, and his stepmother's side. His step-family is as important to him as his immediate family because he knows they care about him just the same. (full text)
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Kaela is very close with her Uncle Luke. When she finds out he has cancer, she does her best to help him through his illness and show her love. (full text)
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When Caitlin's parents are fighting and on the verge of divorce, she finds refuge by staying with her friend Rosa's family. (full text)
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Destiny struggles to cope with the death of her best friend—her brother Kareem. She writes about her feelings and tries to be nicer to everyone. (full text)

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