When I tell someone that my preferred pronouns are they/them/their, I never know what to expect. Sometimes people say okay and move on, but other times, they’ll start to ask a whole bunch of questions.
As part of our partnership with the New York Times Race/Related, Youth Radio correspondents from around the country described their lasting memories of a first encounter with racism.
Each new piece is a way for me to connect to an identity that was stripped from me.
I don’t care if my non-binary identity isn’t normal enough for people to easily understand.
Growing up I was confused about of who I was. I lived in a racist neighborhood around 35th Ave in…
As I discover who I am, I want to know more about where I came from. I have a unique story. This is because I am adopted. I am interested in why my parents chose to adopt. I wonder whether other adopted children have the same experience as I do.
I am from a bigger family who doesn’t care about each other.From the feeling of lonely but also of hope.
I feel alienated because I cannot speak Mandarin. It’s frustrating when I can’t communicate with my family in China. I often feel out of place when I can’t take part in the conversations.
Many young people experience post-college depression. For most, the period marks the first time outside of a school setting, causing an identity crisis of sorts. No longer students, work becomes the next foundation upon which to build a life.