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On becoming my mother

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In high school, I was unremarkable in all the usual ways: insecure, stressed and embarrassed. I was embarrassed of everything about myself — my style, my thoughts, my lack of athletic abilities and, of course, my mother. I grew up in Massachusetts, amidst a sea of fast-walking students fast-tracked for
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Gender Equity Resource Center Director Billy Curtis chosen as San Francisco Pride parade grand marshal

Curtis, who is the director of UC Berkeley’s Gender Equity Resource Center, or GenEq, was selected by the SF Pride Board of Directors as a community Grand Marshal of this year’s parade. Curtis has been a persistent advocate for transforming culture and thought processes about gender and sexuality on the UC Berkeley campus and in the local community.
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