Alice – I spent my teenage years proving to him that I am worth loving

This was the day when my world fell apart. I was only 7 years old. It was early summer. My father was away for 2 weeks with his band and I was waiting for him to come home. My 10 year old cousin was over at our house that day. I remember my father approaching so we...

Joshua Hewitt – Some say that the transgender woman who was my Dad will always be my father. There is no truth in this for me

Twenty one years ago I lost my father. The hardest part of losing him is that he didn’t die. One day he walked out the door and never returned. Sometimes I allow myself to imagine how much easier it would have been if he had have died. My grief would have welled to...

Kathryn Francisco – It’s okay to believe that the method of your conception was wrong and still give thanks for your life

It’s such a vivid memory. One day, when I was about fourteen, I was riding in the car with my dad, and we were talking about ancestry. I was very curious about my roots. When I asked him what percentage Cherokee we were, he gave an odd response. I said, “If you’re...

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