You Hold On: A Message to Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Youth

Sissy: (Upon discovering the family history surrounding her birth:) See! I knew I wasn’t wanted!

Frieda: Nobody wants anybody, girl. You have to want yourself.

— Maya Angelou, from the teleplay “Sister, Sister”

(A version of this essay was originally published on October 10, 2012. Names have

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