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an outsider, as if I didn’t belong, like I was a mistake. My brothers didn’t play with me like I was a girl; they played rough, as if I were their size. I never got to play dress up or have a tea party with my stuffed animals. I never owned a Barbie Dreamhouse like all my other girlfriends. I never got to paint my room pink, although pink was never my favorite color. I never got to sit between my mother’s legs and get my hair twisted and clipped with little rainbow barrettes at the ends. I never got the chance to feel like a girl. Before we ended our session, Natalie asked, “Let’s say you choose to transition; whom are you doing it for? Why are you making this change? Are you doing it for you, or are you doing it because you want to be accepted by your family and those around you? Think about that, and we’ll talk about it next time I see you.” That was never a question I asked myself until now. I guess I have lots of thinking to do. ~Tia’Marie

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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...