How awesome was that weeklong series that the NY Times just wrapped up? It’s all about what it’s like to come out as a teenager in America right now, and gosh darn have things changed since the days when we were wee young things.
Except it also hasn’t changed. The teens whom the Times profiled face a lot of those universal woes that we all can recognize: getting bullied, feeling lonely, fearing rejection, and falling in love.
And those are just in the four main stories. There’s also the amazing submissions from readers. Here’s a few of our favorites:
- “I decided at about age 9 or 10 that I was going to fake being straight for the rest of my life.”
- “There is not even a word for queer or lesbian in my native language.”
- “We haven’t told many people about this, but we’re together.”
- “My entire family trans-bashes me on a daily basis.”
- “I knew I was going further than my bully ever would.”
- “Either never see the girl again or leave the house.”
- “I kissed my first boy on Mardi Gras.”
- “Being gay will be one of the best parts of yourself, because it is about who you love”
But really, you should go read them all.