Leaving My Doctoral Program for Being Gay

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My first counseling appointment for unpacking my time thus far at a graduate school that didn’t accept my identity was January 8th, 2017. I know this because I journaled about it. I had heard of not one, but two, LGBTQ+ students who had thrown themselves on the train tracks behind my graduate school, one as recently as 2006. At first, I could not imagine feeling so desperate to escape a wonderfully tight-knit…