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“TRANNY” spray-painted vertically in enormous red letters on my locker. Every ounce of blood in my body rushed through my veins, and tears blurred my vision as I gazed at the new school artifact. More than anything, at that moment, I felt embarrassed. Who would do that? How would they know if I only told Lexi? Did she tell someone? All my worst nightmares were coming true…. ~Tia’Marie

October 30, 2019 I walk the halls of school like a shadow creeping through the night, ever since the whole locker thing happened. I haven’t been able to look anyone in the eye, so I just keep to myself. I eat lunch in the bathroom and sit in the back corner in class and go straight home at the end of the day. I never told my parents about the locker, and the school didn’t do anything about it, either. I guess that’s a good thing for now. I didn’t want them to find out about me because I hardly know about myself; how would I even explain? I’m not ready for their response, anyway, because, if it’s going to be negative, I 95

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2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...