Monthly Archives: October 2014

When I’ve been Othered

We sat on her couch, reaching out to one another tentatively. We quietly shared some stories about our lives as we journeyed with this new friendship.

I can’t remember what I shared that night, but whatever it was, it gave her the courage to share part of her story with me as well. Her words at first seemed harmless, but her ending left me feeling winded, as if I had landed on my stomach across a bar on a jungle gym…

This post originally appeared at, the first post in a series of conversations about listening to the stories of those who have experienced being “Othered” in dehumanizing ways. Click on this link to head over to read the rest of this post.