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Spring 2017 National Student Writing Competition: Gender Pronouns
Want a motivator to take your students' writing to a higher level? Here's an opportunity to write about something meaningful and for a bigger audience beyond the classroom.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" Middle School Winner Alex Gerber
Read Alex's essay, "A New Design for Language," about the social and grammatical limits of gender-neutral pronouns—and how to get beyond them. Alex responded to the YES! article, "'They' and the Emotional Weight," by Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" High School Winner Ella Martinez
Read Ella's essay, "Language is a Many-Gendered Thing," about the challenges of using gender-neutral pronouns in a Puerto Rican American family. Ella responded to the YES! article, "'They' and the Emotional Weight," by Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" University Winner Avery Hunt
Read Avery's essay, "Existing Openly Is Half the Battle," about being the token nonbinary person at college while still learning about their own gender. Avery responded to the YES! article, "'They' and the Emotional Weight," by Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" Powerful Voice Winner Toby Greybear
Read Toby's essay, "The Thoughts and Struggle of a Two Spirit," about embracing a new gender identity—and rediscovering a tradition. This essay was in response to the YES! artricle, "'They' and The Emotional Weight of Words," by Cole of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" Powerful Voice Winner Madeleine Wise
Read Madeleine's essay, "The Right to Be a Little Bit Rude," about overcoming the discomfort of correcting people who use the wrong gender pronouns. Madeleine responded to the YES! article, "'They' and the Emotional Weight," by Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" Powerful Voice Winner Joanne Yang
Read Joanne's essay, "The Jintas of Conservative Korean Culture," about how words should never be allowed to limit who we are. Joanne responded to the YES! article, "'They' and the Emotional Weight," by Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" Literary Gems
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by Melissa Hellmann
In siding with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the ruling also prevents the department from issuing cease-and-desist letters to similar organizations around the country.
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by Mary Turck
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Cole's Response to "Gender Pronouns" Essay Winners
Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project, responds to the winners of our Spring 2017 National Student Writing Competition.
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How an Ancient Singing Tradition Helps People Cope With Trauma in the Modern World
by Tristan Ahtone
In Finland, lament singing is experiencing a revival, one sad song at a time.