Being young, Jewish, and gay felt like an internal struggle that would never be resolved—until I learned to accept my multitudes of identities
My dad's desire for me to be a strong black son shaped me far more than I realized
It wasn't until they finally reconnected as adults that Emillio Mesa finally understood what it felt like to have a mother's acceptance
College seemed like an idyll where progressive ideals reigned—until the group created to foster community became the bullies
My college frat brothers didn't want me to hide who I was—but I had to learn to accept them first
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Jerick Hoffer, a.k.a. Jinkx Monsoon, was the outcast until he found the group that accepted him for his 'odd' interests