girlfriends have been talking nonstop about the dance. They've
each got an eye on some guy they want to take. You play
along, but guys really aren't your thing; you're too busy
with homework and track practice. You don't tell your friends,
but you'd much rather go to a track meet than to a prom.
last time the team went out of town, you shared a room with
the captain. You stayed up all night talking about everything.
Everything but guys. Your friends think the captain is gay,
but she looks like a movie star when she dresses up. She's
not like other girls who have a crewcut and the build of
a linebacker-not that there's anything wrong with that.
It's just hard for you to understand; you've always thought
of yourself as a girl. You like wearing dresses and getting
your hair styled, but that never kept you from outrunning
the boys at recess.
would be kind of neat if the captain were a lesbian (What
would that mean about you?). You think about her all the
time. You wonder if she's going to the prom. Maybe you could
double date? You're not that interested in any guys, but
you could play along. It might be fun. You'll try to bring
it up after practice and see what she says.
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Identity Encompasses Gender Role, Gender Identity, and
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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding
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