When I self-harmed, I did want people to notice—because I needed help.
They helped me become myself.
I’m African-American, and my great-grandmother was Chickasaw.
Why don’t any of my cinematic heroes look like me?
My queerness is an ongoing project.
We’re one and the same Al.
Go ahead—mess up.
Learning to be myself, unapologetically.
You will not always feel like the only one of your kind.
My mom’s MS is hard for me to talk about, but I’m trying.
May’s theme is HOMESTRETCH.
Here’s what kinds of submissions we’re looking for, plus info on how to send us your work. ✴
Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!