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Open Letter

To Those Who Would Condemn My Marriage

Karen White | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen White

Our marriage benefits the world in the same ways a straight marriage does: Together, we are more resilient, we are stronger, we have more to give. And I promise you, if you knew us, you'd understand how solid our love is, how worthy of honor and recognition.

An Open Letter to the Person Staring at My Medical Devices

Chanel White | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

This is actually a great opportunity for me to spread awareness about my disease, and to educate other individuals like yourself about respectful ways to interact with patients like me. With my hectic medical schedule I have little time to speak to anyone besides doctor, nurses, or front desk staff, so our conversation could actually be the highlight of my day.

An Open Letter to the Stranger Who Called Me a Girl

Paul Florez | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Paul Florez

Little background on me, you're not the first person to say I'm not a man. In fact, this isn't even the first time I've been told I look like a girl.

An Open Letter to Presumptuous Care Providers

Chanel White | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

To be honest, your judgment of me was made before I even entered those clinic doors. You made your verdict while reading my chart notes from the last doctor who, chances are, didn't ask me either.

An Open Letter To My Ex-Husband: Thank You

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 09.14.2015 | Divorce

Shortly after writer Shannon Ferguson's divorce was finalized in July, she sat down and wrote a letter to her ex, a man to whom she was married for a...

An Open Letter To My Best Friend On Her Wedding Day

Unwritten | Posted 08.17.2015 | Weddings

Originally published on Unwritten by Jessica Hoffeldt. To My Very Best Friend, Saturday is your wedding day and I couldn't be happier for you as...

Ferguson Forward: Words On My Son, Mike Brown | Posted 08.19.2015 | Black Voices

I want the world to be inspired by the impact of Mike-Mike's death, which has awakened this country not only to the disparities in our justice system and communities, but also the need for us to pay attention to the younger generation.

Letter to My Son

Grace Bluerock | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Grace Bluerock

As you continue to grow and become an adult, you will live your own life. You will have times of happiness and times of disappointment. You will fall in love, and you will have your heart broken. Life has its ups and downs and is not always fair, but I know your strength and resilience will see you through.

An Open Letter To My Ex-Husband

The Huffington Post | Brittany Wong | Posted 08.10.2015 | Divorce

When writer Susan Campos and her husband Bill divorced in 2004 after eight years of marriage, her goal for their parenting relationship was progress,...

A Letter to My Baby Sister As She Embarks on Study Abroad

Kristy Gustafson | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel
Kristy Gustafson

While your mind is currently filled to the brim with a never-ending list of what to pack, what your host family and fellow students will be like, how hard your classes will be, etc. etc., I encourage you to take a moment to instead think about just how mother-freaking life-changing these next few months are about to be for you.

Open Letter To The Ticket Counter Lady At The Ferry Terminal

Marie Forster | Posted 07.28.2015 | Comedy
Marie Forster

Whew! That was close! I'm writing this letter to you whilst sitting on the ferry you in no way helped me board.

Open Letter to Peace Officers Everywhere: #IAmHumanToo

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices
Lisa Mae Brunson

Dear Peace Officer, please hear my plea and the plea of the nation. Will you stop killing me? Will you protect and serve me now? #IAmHumanToo.

Dear Mr. Trump, My Father is One of the People Mexico 'Sent'

Laura Arroyo | Posted 06.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Laura Arroyo

I doubt you even know any people that Mexico "sent." So, let me introduce you. I am the daughter of one of the people that Mexico "sent."

To the Obstetrician Who Delivered My Sons

Rachel Toalson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

I miss you when I'm not pregnant. I know it sounds a little crazy. You, the doctor every woman dreads that one time a year, because there are stirrups and cold metal and paper-thin sheets to cover everything and nothing at all, but I mean it. I really do.

An Open Letter To the Person Who Robbed My Family

Amanda Mancino | Posted 05.29.2015 | Parents
Amanda Mancino

You probably don't know this, but, like you, we've seen our share of desperate moments. But the house that saw the birth of our children and the warmth of so many special moments and the struggle and resilience of a family who saw much happiness and heartache, no longer feels safe or welcoming.

Every Open Letter Ever

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 05.18.2015 | Comedy

Let me first say, thank you.

NHMC Condemns Misuse of the Legacy of Cesar Chavez

Alex Nogales | Posted 05.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Alex Nogales

On March 31, 2015, Cesar Chavez Day, Dr. Robert Atkinson of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) published an article attacking my organization, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), and me personally for our Net Neutrality advocacy.

An Open Letter to the Class of 2015

Opal Vadhan | Posted 05.11.2015 | College
Opal Vadhan

We are the generation that everyone is looking at, we are the ones the nation is waiting to follow. It is up to us to continue to break barriers, to make a difference, to leave long lasting impressions and lastly to inspire others to do the same.

Make Like A Sponge!

Lillian Sims | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

I always had the feeling that she might have easily been a great writer or leader in any field, but somehow decided to stay in the same classroom for as many years as I have known her, patiently prying young brains with a methodical, calm, questioning style.

Dear Son And Daughter

Abby King | Posted 06.24.2015 | Divorce
Abby King

Consider this a fair warning: Do NOT try and manipulate your father and me. Yes, we are divorced and we don't always see eye to eye. But, we work together when it comes to you and we will not let you try and use our differences to your advantage.

Thank You Shonda Rhimes, For Reminding Me That I'm Not Alone

Camryn Garrett | Posted 06.20.2015 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

To me, you are a fairytale. I never thought that someone like you could exist. I didn't think that a black woman could tell the stories of so many different people on one of the most watched channels in the country.

An Open Letter to My Freshman Year

Taylor Johnson | Posted 06.19.2015 | College
Taylor Johnson

Laugh a lot, cry a little, and continue to make the memories of a lifetime. Always choose to live by your rules, and let others live by their own. This is your time, your moment, your life, and you're going to be great. So be proud of yourself, you're surviving on your (almost) own for the first time in your life.

Dear Daughter, Here's Why I Hope You Have The Choice to Work Or Stay Home

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

What I hope for you most of all is that by the time you are a mom, we have all moved to a place where moms and dads both have the support they need to make the decision that is best for their families.

Dear Daughter, I Just Wanted You To Be Better Than Me

Julie Maida | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Julie Maida

I always thought it was my job to teach you about life, but I fear you may not have learned as much from me as I have from you.

The Wishes I Have for My Children

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

As I watch my three children morph from babies and kids into tweens and teens, I become more and more aware that my time with them is somewhat limited. Their world is expanding, and more and more people are entering their spheres of influence.