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Quinn Pieper, 17

#TransLivesMatter On March 3, Leelah Alcorn walked along highway I-9 for three miles before being struck by a semi-truck traveling down the highway. An elaborate diary entry she had written prior to her death included “The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in… because I’m transgender.” With the higher homicide rate for trans people — and an even higher one for trans people of color — the higher suicide rate for transgender teens, the legality of practices used to… Read More »

Quinn Pieper, 17

Red, White, and Blue The hues of red, white, and blue reserve a sacred place in my heart. When I see the trifecta of our nation’s glorious colors, only one thought comes to mind: I am being pulled over right now. I feel it first in the acceleration of my heart’s pumping, and next in a stream of thoughts that had once included “What did I do wrong?” and “Am I being Punk’d?” but now consists of “How many times… Read More »

Quinn Pieper, 15

Passion For Music Music defines me; it allows me to stay positive and enthusiastic, express myself, and feel comfortable and content. Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My experience began with piano lessons at the age of six. Every Wednesday after school, I would go to my teacher’s house for a half hour. Frequent practicing, method books, and intensive instruction from my teacher helped me improve both my skill and technique,… Read More »