The youth-written stories in YCteen give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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Gay/lesbian (21 found)
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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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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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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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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With the help of staff, Tray finds less destructive ways to deal with his emotions. (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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Teens write about what the issues they care most about during this presidential campaign. LGBTQ rights, poverty, gun control, and voter restrictions are some of the topics they cover. (full text)
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Julia shows solidarity with her LGBTQ friends by participating in a Day of Silence to honor those silenced by bullying. (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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At 16, Vanessa moves here from Mexico to escape persecution for being gay. She describes her journey from homelessness to foster care, and finally to stability and independence. (full text)
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The writer details his inner conflict between his religious beliefs and sexual orientation which is painful and confusing. (full text)
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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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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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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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Wilber finds acceptance at a high school for gay youth. (full text)

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