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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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Margaret starts dating Daisy, who continues to see other girls, even as she accuses Margaret of cheating. Margaret tries to change herself to please Daisy, who gets downright abusive. (full text)
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Eric struggles with cruel teasing because he's effeminate. He wonders why that upsets people so much and tries to make peace with one of his tormenters. (full text)
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Yaselin feels like a man sometimes, but now she is the more feminine partner to her masculine girlfriend. She likes the flexibility to change her look and attitude and argues for more acceptance of all sorts of gender variance. (full text)
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Yaselin is caught in a gap between the foster care system and the mental health system and becomes homeless at age 18. She gets help from an LGBTQ shelter. (full text)
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A study finds that children cared for by gay and lesbian adoptive parents do as well or better than those cared for by straight adoptive parents. (full text)
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Zakkiaya's biological family neglects and abuses her. It's not until she enters a group home that she find "sisters" and a caseworker "Mom." (full text)
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Illinois recently passed a civil unions bill that prohibits discrimination against gay people. The Catholic Charities foster care agencies, rather than placing children with gay families, opted to quit providing foster care. (full text)
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Rejected by her mother, Donalay finally finds acceptance at a GLBTQ group home. (full text)
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Arelis loves visiting her sister’s foster home. The foster mother, Mary, is warm and caring, and just happens to be gay. (full text)
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Odé learns that a close male friend has a crush on him. (full text)
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Jeremiyah is harassed for being gay, but finds ways to maintain his self-worth. (full text)
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Mariah, who is transgendered, finds refuge in a group home for gay kids. (full text)
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Xavier is prejudiced against homosexuals and therefore terrified when he finds himself attracted to men. (full text)
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Sandra’s friends have lots of stereotypes about lesbians—but Sandra’s gay sister proves them wrong. (full text)
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Eric is not willing to commit to someone until he feels they have a connection that’s not just physical.
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Fannie becomes comfortable with being gay when she moves into a foster home headed by a lesbian foster parent.
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Dominick’s dream dad turns out to be gay.
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The writer describes his shock and fear at testing positive for HIV, but gradually comes to terms with how the disease has changed his life.
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Lishoné is cool after her friend reveals she’s a lesbian.
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Inspired by the gay residents of the group home he supervises, a staff member comes out.
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When Sharif ends up at a group home full of gay teens, he becomes more tolerant.
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Shameek gets kicked out of her foster home for being a lesbian.
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Lorraine interviews a group home resident who recounts how she came to terms with being a lesbian, comparing it to accepting herself as a dark-skinned Latina.
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Carlford interviews a lesbian group home resident, who describes coming out and how her group home reacted.
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Carlford interviews gay and lesbian foster youth. They report widespread homophobia and mistreatment.
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Carlford overcomes his fear of his cross-dressing group home roommate.
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Lavell is comfortable being bisexual, but other people harass her. She finds acceptance in a program that helps her bond with other young adults facing similar challenges.
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The author writes about his ongoing exploration of his sexuality and why bisexual is his current placeholder. He says, “concrete and permanent labels don’t describe how we feel during the discovery process.” (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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After years of family neglect and mistreatment, Zakkiaya is forced to go into a group home. Surprisingly, that’s where she builds a “friend family” and finally gets the love, support and respect she deserves. (full text)
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Vanessa has always known she’s gay, but worries about how her family will react. With support from her girlfriend, she comes out. (full text)
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The author is annoyed when friends doubt whether her bisexual identity is "real" and wonders why there are so many negative stereotypes about bisexual girls.
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Alice questions why the word “gay” has become a put-down. (full text)
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Kelly joins her high school's Gay-Straight Alliance. Despite unpleasant reactions from some peers, she participates in annual awareness-raising events. (full text)
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In this Sex Ed column, Ravyn considers a study showing that many New York City teens have had same-sex partners. (full text)
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DeAnna comes out to her mother as bisexual and gets a surprising response. Eventually, she identifies as a "full-time lesbian." (full text)
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When Amanda meets Artie, initial antagonism turns quickly into friendship. She isn't surprised when she learns Artie is gay, and supports him in his coming out. But when Artie begins spending more time with other acquaintances, their friendship is tested.
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Divine—who is gay—wonders if the rude comments will stop if he gives up wearing tight jeans and bright clothes.
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The writer is attracted to Ray and goes out on a date with him. Soon after, the writer finds out that Ray is HIV-positive.
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The film Brokeback Mountain confirms David’s beliefs about homosexuality.
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An article in a school paper, meant to be a satire poking fun of people who are intolerant of gays, offends the student body and leads to a debate about freedom of the press. (full text)
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When the writer finds out her friend is gay, she is torn between her religious beliefs and staying faithful to her friend.
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The writer questions his sexuality when he falls in love with a boy at his school.
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Jose fears telling his parents he is gay.
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When Russell finds out his priest is gay, he is thrown into confusion.
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Destiny summons the courage to come out to her parents.
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Destiny is 13 when she realizes she’s attracted to women, but isn’t sure she’s gay until she meets Keesha.
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The writer has a very close friendship with a girl named Zarah and longs to become physically involved with her. But he also worries about ruining their friendship and Zarah's many relationships with both sexes. He realizes he wants Zarah to be someone she clearly is not.
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Eugene is too shy to approach a man he finds attractive.
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The author wants people to know that she’s a lesbian, but she also wants them to know that that’s not all she is.
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The murder of a gay Latino man in Queens by three teenagers prompts Melissa to investigate the reasons behind gay bashing. She finds two powerful influences leading to violence: young people's fears of their own homosexual feelings and society's hatred of gays.
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After developing a crush on her friend, Gina comes to terms with coming out.
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Wilber finds acceptance at a high school for gay youth.
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Akia writes about the close bond she shares with her gay uncle.
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David grows up in a homophobic household and begins to despise himself when he discovers he is gay.
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A short profile of Harvey Milk, the country’s first openly gay elected official.
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Gay and lesbian people of all ages attend a workshop to break down barriers between them.
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When a new kid arrives in her group home, Angi is shocked to discover that "he" is really Marisol, a lesbian. They form a close friendship, and soon something happens that Angi never expected—she falls in love with a girl.
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With the help of staff, Tray finds less destructive ways to deal with his emotions.

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