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The new I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis is lit with rainbow colors at the start of LGBT Pride weekend. Image by Tony Webster, CC license

[AWH Classic] National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day is always a bit strained for me. Partially because of my own hangups, and partially because of how “coming out” is framed in a lot of mainstream discussion.

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What depression and anxiety feel like

So. Hi. I’ve been gone for a bit. Some of that was because I got a fellowship, and then a job, and was doing more freelance writing. And in the last few months, it’s been because some pretty heavy stuff has been going down in my personal life that has […]

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Veterans Park, Avon Lake, OH. Credit: Robert Criss, CC license.

Let’s Talk About Names: R. Leon

I kept my name when I got married. I refuse to call it my maiden name. It is my name.

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FYI: “Black” isn’t synonymous with “African American”

A conversation about blackness, ethnicity, nationality, and identity.

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Let’s Talk About Names: Britni

As we began planning a wedding and a life together, we kept coming back what to do about our last names.

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A beach in Monterey. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Nia

Having people see you the way you want to be seen – the way you see yourself – is a privilege. Without it, every day is a battle to have your identity validated, a battle against erasure and for self-determination.

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Grounded during the blizzard. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Robyn

The power of my own quest for authenticity may be my greatest lesson to impart as a parent.

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Taroko Gorge in Hualien, Taiwan. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Minna

I had grown into my name, and it suited me. Trust, however, that had I found a better name along the way, I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat, and to hell with anyone who judged me for doing so.

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Let’s Talk About Names: Rawls

I’m attached to my name because of the stories that come with it and because of the perspective they’ve given me on the world.

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