I’m a sexually active, gay, black man. I don’t always use a condom, and I used to spend a lot of time anxiously waiting for a phone call to hear my HIV test results. But now I use an additional form of protection.
Many people talk about depression when they’re feeling sad. But Sonia, who was on the youth panel at a community forum for advocates, health-care providers and media, explained to a packed room that what she experiences is very different from feeling a bit down.
I soon realized why that bus hadn’t come: walking to school my dad and I passed two white sheets lying on the ground, both of them stained with blood. We later learned the victims were two local kids killed after trying to run away from gang members who were chasing them. It was 2006. A month later I left El Salvador and headed north for the United States.
You can find try-hards anywhere. Have you ever seen someone spiking a ping pong, and the other person barely knows how to play? That person spiking the ball is being a try hard.
Ricky Brum stood in an alleyway behind a furniture store in Manteca, California, and to be honest, it was a little awkward. He didn’t really want to be there. Last February, Brum set some cardboard boxes on fire just a few feet away.
My dad was there for graduations, to teach me how to ride a bike, to see me make accomplishments. My dad was there as a sounding board, as more of a disciplinarian. But my mom was the one who was the breadwinner that I saw — who I consistently saw get up in the morning and go to work.
My mother was shaking,and crying with her face in her hands. But even though she was in a state of complete disbelief that night– come morning, she was back to cooking our meals, and carrying on with her motherly duties.
On a summer night, this is probably a familiar sound. But according to the American Pyrotechnics Association, most states have restrictions on this type of firework. So how come there are still so many things that go bang in the night?
The problem with the gender binary is that it excludes. How can someone progress and be part of society if they don’t feel like they belong?