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Did You Ever Have Cooties?

I-am-a-butch-or-transgender-child-with-the-cootiesIn my elementary school (P.S. 40 Manhattan) there was a clique of girls who stuck together from kindergarten through sixth grade. The two ringleaders were Wendy and Julie. They decided who could be popular, who was tolerated, and who was excluded. I was excluded, which wasn’t all bad, because I didn’t want to play with the girls. But they also decided that I had cooties. Consequently, I could not play with anyone else.

I never learned how to jump rope, play jacks, hula hoop, use a pogo stick, or do those hand clapping games (Miss Mary Mack).  I wasn’t allowed to play with the boys either. I endured seven years of line-ups and recess being teased and called names.

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