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Welcome. Thank you for joining in this community-shared project. 

(What's this about ? We hope to cultivate understanding and empathy. See brief explanation on the FAQ page, or a full description on the About page.) 

Explore a wide range of experiences in these stories. With some, you'll think "Yes, that's familiar, and feels right to me." Other stories may surprise you: "Whoa ! I never realized how that impacts some people."

Please take a few minutes to Read stories, then Add your own. When we share our personal stories, and truly listen to each other, empathy and understanding can replace discord.

(Content warning: although moderators review each submission, a broad spectrum of perspectives are on view. Balance your reading with reflection and self-care.)

Thanks for being a thoughtful, open-minded reader, and for adding your story to the mix. A few sample stories appear below.