All the World’s ‘A-Gray’ Stage

Hazel, 19, female, United States “Are you okay with kissing?” our script writer asked. All of us nodded. I could handle a bit of kissing, right? “Good! I’ll see you all tomorrow!” Our college was doing its annual 24 hour theatre project, where a writer would spend 12 hours writing a 10 minute play and…

Outed to my Mom

Zaiya, 16, United States. My brother didn’t mean any harm. He didn’t think he was doing wrong. He still doesn’t and if I brought it up with him he’d probably dodge the subject. When my brother outed me to my mom it was just another thing. I had been preparing to come out to her…

How I Came to Know What I Am

Svar, genderfluid, United States. I used to think I was just a prudish straight girl. I used think I was just really messed up and not meant for any kind of intimacy with anyone (quite frankly, I still feel this way sometimes). While others around me were going through puberty and swooning over celebrities’ bodies,…

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To Adulthood

Luna, 20, United States. My parents are very open-minded people who had an incredibly liberal outlook on how to raise children. I was educated in the parts of the male and female body and how babies were made from a very early age, along with the typical reading and writing. I feel that it is…

Mandy’s Story

Mandy, female, 19, Australia. My story starts back in early high school, around the age of 14. This was when I began to realise that my fellow female friends were getting interested in boys. I also developed my first crush on a guy. I was (and still am) a shy person, so revealing this crush…

My Ascent Into Queerness

Kayla, female, 20, United States. I never really cared about dating when I was younger. I was literally the only person in the sixth grade at my elementary school who still thought kissing was gross. And I kept that mentality until ninth grade (though in the seventh grade I agreed to be someone’s girlfriend, but…