I enter a dark alley in the heart of Little Italy. Rats the size of small cats skitter away from my footsteps as the echoes of the happy crowd behind become distant. I see a figure behind a dumpster, full black trash bags cast the man in shadow.
I stay inside, locking myself in my home to protect the world from the horror that is me. I sometimes allow myself the simple pleasure of experiencing the company of others virtually, the internet a place where I can be anonymous and unnoticed.
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My husband wants to be referred to as them. At first I was shocked, then confused. I thought I knew my husband. But they had always struggled. Fighting internal demons. Forcing themselves to fit societal constructs. I reminded them of God’s Holy word. Of the righteous path. But they needed to be true to who they are.
By Jess Charle “Your dead grandmother doesn’t give a shit that she’s dead. You do.” Chasey told me when I … More