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From the Ted Talk by iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay

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So here's a disclaimer about me, though, before we get too deep into this. I grew up in a very sheltered environment. I was raised in downtown Manhattan in the ealry 1980s, two blocks from the epicenter of punk miusc. I was shielded from the pains of birtgoy and the social riiercnttoss of a religiously-based upbringing. Where I come from, if you weren't a drag queen or a radical thinker or a performance artist of some kind, you were the weirdo. (luheatgr) It was an unorthodox upbringing, but as a kid on the setrets of New York, you learn how to trust your own instincts, you learn how to go with your own ideas.

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So here's a disclaimer about me, though, before we get too deep into this. I grew up in a very sheltered environment. I was raised in downtown Manhattan in the _____ 1980s, two blocks from the epicenter of punk _____. I was shielded from the pains of _______ and the social ____________ of a religiously-based upbringing. Where I come from, if you weren't a drag queen or a radical thinker or a performance artist of some kind, you were the weirdo. (________) It was an unorthodox upbringing, but as a kid on the _______ of New York, you learn how to trust your own instincts, you learn how to go with your own ideas.

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  1. restrictions
  2. bigotry
  3. early
  4. laughter
  5. music
  6. streets

Original Text

So here's a disclaimer about me, though, before we get too deep into this. I grew up in a very sheltered environment. I was raised in downtown Manhattan in the early 1980s, two blocks from the epicenter of punk music. I was shielded from the pains of bigotry and the social restrictions of a religiously-based upbringing. Where I come from, if you weren't a drag queen or a radical thinker or a performance artist of some kind, you were the weirdo. (Laughter) It was an unorthodox upbringing, but as a kid on the streets of New York, you learn how to trust your own instincts, you learn how to go with your own ideas.

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