"There is a great deal of confusion surrounding critical race theory (CRT), which is being hotly debated among the constituents of our nation’s independent schools."
"I saw a police officer standing next to my car.... [He] mentioned someone called the police when they saw me get out of my car with my family."
"We began to venture into the wilderness regularly, opting out of the Zooms and classwork entirely."
“‘Would you and your wife like to start with something to drink?’ the waitress asked casually.”
"The beating heart of many queer communities is the pursuit of a safe home ― one you don’t have to be closeted in, can’t be kicked out of, or disowned in."
"Mistaking a person’s identity, even when unintentional, is, at best, lazy, but these seemingly innocuous errors can have serious consequences."
"It’s taken me 23 years to realize that a label doesn’t offer some kind of inner truth into my identity or sexuality."
"My dad died from a brain tumor when he was 46 years old."
"Asexual ― or ace ― people like me experience limited to zero sexual attraction, which can be a confusing concept in an overly sexualized society."
"While schools may be slow to find a place for families like mine, sometimes a good-natured big brother can make a difference."
"With the loss of our estrogen, we lose something even more valuable: our place in this world as we have known it."
"I was getting older and was running out of options. I was 40 and wanted to be a mother."
"In the end, for all my efforts to protect Emma from others, I couldn’t protect her from herself, from her own body waging war against itself."
"Why couldn’t we use Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia as a model to plot our own post-midlife sorority setup?"
"It’s easy to wonder what one thing I could have done that might have changed the events of that day."
"Being poor had always been a source of stress and discomfort to him, but after the pandemic started I watched my lover’s mental and physical health deteriorate."
"It would take at least another dozen apologies to other students before I’d be able to decipher the reaction [my student] gave me that day."
"While millions of people have lamented the lack of hugs and physical contact since March last year, for me and people like me, social distancing brought freedom from unwanted touch."
I was so hopeful and so happy. I should’ve known it was too soon. I should’ve known it wouldn’t last.
"My hand was shaking when I pressed the 'pay now' button for the visa. I couldn’t believe that I was about to go and live in Barbados."