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Paul Florez
Paul Florez is an M.F.A. student at The New School and the co-founder of The Ink and Code. You can follow him on Twitter @TheTinBot.

Entries by Paul Florez

Dear Unborn Son or Daughter

(14) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Dear Unborn Son or Daughter,

You may find it peculiar that your dad is on Earth, writing a letter to you while you anxiously float around heaven awaiting conception. You're probably thinking, "What the fuck, man? Stop going to 2-for-1 happy hour in Chelsea. Not only has that neighborhood...

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Are We Ready for the All-Gender Bathroom?

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:14 PM


When I was 12 years old, a girl named Jane pulled me into the girl's bathroom for my first kiss. This defying act should've made me the Don Juan of my small, Catholic school. However, it didn't because I was gay and trying...

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How I Became a Bully

(10) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 7:16 PM

I was the kid in school that nobody wanted to be friends with, the kind of kid whose very existence invalidated him from entry into any social groups. I wasn't exceptional in sports or academics; I was too nerdy for the nerds because I read comic books; and my lispy...

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The Year of the Hate Crime: 2013 in Review, Part I

(14) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 9:56 PM

2013 was a landmark year for the LGBT community. The Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, thereby invalidating Prop 8 and granting Edith Windsor her victory. The Exodus International program shut down, proving once and for all it's impossible to pray away the gay, and on...

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A Writer's Obligation

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 1:17 PM

I never leave the apartment without my writing notebook. I'm a freelance writer, author and MFA student. My livelihood, and sanity, is contingent upon the ability to scribble down seemingly arbitrary observations and thoughts onto a sheet of paper and making sense of them later. This, as far as I'm...

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Falling in Love, Again

(19) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 8:23 PM

It's hard to accept when a relationship has ended, and it's even harder to let someone go. In the fall of 2010, I had broken up with my boyfriend of seven years, and after months of solitude and grief, I was convinced that I was incapable of falling in love...

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Confronting My High School Bully

(36) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 6:00 PM

It didn't take long for the kids in my high school to call me "faggot." What started as an insult in the corridor of the main building during my freshman year quickly echoed into four years of prank phone calls, threatening IMs, and physical assaults. However, Dan Savage's sermon is...

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My Battle With Male Anorexia

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 8:05 PM

The battle for my body began at my abuela's house on Calle Ocho in Miami. As a kid I was always slim, with a small appetite. When Abuela would make me vegetable soup, I would take a few sips and then push it away because I was already full.


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