The Memoirist
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The Memoirist

Mike, the Bullies, and Becoming an LGBTQ+ Ally

Allyship can start young

Photo by Luis Cortés on Unsplash

I’m cutting through the back of the school when I find myself on the edge of an extremely tense situation: four older boys are harassing Mike, a first-grader.

Mike may have a butch name, but he’s extremely effeminate, and it’s clear his femininity has made him a target.

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Christine Schoenwald

Christine Schoenwald

Writer for The Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Startup, Tenderly, Fearless She Wrote, MuddyUm. Christineschoenwaldwriter.com