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Field Tripping: Prom-ing

Field Tripping: Prom-ing

This May marks the end of my first decade as a full-time college teacher. I've been moving in school calendars for virtually all of my 41 years, minus the first few before kindergarten and two eventful years between college and graduate school; I'm basically in the 35th grade this year. My circadian rhythms are set to the steady hum of semesters and summers, and May always marks that big transition where another round of students graduates and I exhale before starting up another summer school session. They all stay the same age, but I keep getting older.

I began this year's season of transition at Baltimore's third annual LGBTQ youth prom, for students from 14-19...

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