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First-person essays and interviews with unique perspectives on complicated issues.

I’m a Jewish historian. Yes, we should call border detention centers “concentration camps.”

Fake autism treatments show the lengths parents will go to “cure” their kids

He lost his ROTC scholarship when he came out. Decades later, he’s still paying back student debt.

Black trans women want the media to show them living, not just dying

I’ve talked to dozens of parents about why they don’t vaccinate. Here’s what they told me.

Why Always Be My Maybe’s Asian American underachiever is groundbreaking

5 trans Catholics on the Vatican’s rejection of their gender identity

Secularism is on the rise, but Americans are still finding community and purpose in spirituality

The best $300 I ever spent: a ticket home to see my dad

I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle.

The best $129 I ever spent: a fancy vibrator

On coming out as trans at 37

I’m one of 25 people who filed a sexual harassment complaint against McDonald’s. Here’s my story.

Disabled people are tired of being a talking point in the abortion debate

I’m obese. I want a healthy lifestyle. But it’s often inaccessible to disabled people like me.

When I couldn’t tell the world I wanted to transition, I went to Dressbarn

Why Democratic candidates like Buttigieg keep failing to usher in the “Christian left”

The best $199 I ever spent: an NBA League pass

Recent abortion bans will impact poor people and people of color most

Alabama’s near-total abortion ban is the ultimate elevation of the “unborn” over women

I’m an anti-abortion Christian. But Alabama’s ban will do more harm than good.

America’s long, rich history of pretending systemic racism doesn’t exist

Women are filing more harassment claims in the #MeToo era. They’re also facing more retaliation.

My mom died 8 years ago. Why won’t the internet stop showing me Mother’s Day ads?

The mess that is elite college admissions, explained by a former dean

I study biracial identity in America. Here’s why the royal baby is a big deal.

The best $115 I ever spent: a sequined circus costume

Greta Thunberg became a climate activist not in spite of her autism, but because of it

James Holzhauer is a Jeopardy genius. What’s it like to compete against him?

I paid off all my student loans. I still support student loan forgiveness.

Disabled people don’t need so many fancy new gadgets. We just need more ramps.

The best $16 I ever spent: Old Navy pajamas after my husband left

What people don’t get about why planes crash

They survived Columbine. Then came Sandy Hook. And Parkland.

The Israeli election is over. It never mattered to Palestinians.

Why shame is good

I don’t eat meat. Should my dog?

The Notre Dame fire is a roofer’s worst fear come to life

Flight attendants know the real job killer isn’t the Green New Deal. It’s climate change.

Notre Dame has always been the people’s cathedral