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This is Power Your Story, a podcast made for students by students at Ray Graham Training Center High School in Chicago. Representing diverse voices, we tell real life stories through the power of podcasting technology, interviews, and round table discussions..

Production support from After School Matters and Andrea Klunder from The Creative Impostor Studios via the Podcast Tech: Power Your Story program.

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Jan 1, 2023

"You don't have to pass to anyone except yourself." Our student producer Joel shares this message with anyone who is questioning or struggling with their own gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. Joel shares a personal story of coming out to his parents and with Program Advisor, Andrea Klunder, explores the right words to describe his own identity.

If you haven't already, go back one episode after this one and listen to our interview with Chuck Bernsohn for more definitions, suggestions, encouragement, and resources.

*One note: this conversation was originally recorded in 2020. Language, expression, relationships, and identity have likely shifted, expanded and grown since then. We thought this story was still important to tell and the message may be one you or someone you love may need to hear.

This episode was produced by Joel.



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Power Your Story is produced by students in the Podcast Tech & Production programs of After School Matters in Chicago. We represent diverse voices, telling our real life stories through the power of podcasting technology.

Each season features a new group of student producers under the mentorship of producer, Andrea Klunder of The Creative Impostor Studios, creating personal journals, interviews, and discussions about the topics that matter most to us.

Our theme music is by DJ Sparkz.