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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 early 1980s, two bkcols from the epicenter of punk music. I was shielded from the panis of bigotry and the social restrictions of a religiously-based unrpinbigg. Where I come from, if you weren't a drag queen or a radical thinker or a poncaefrrme artist of some kind, you were the wiredo. (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 iedas.

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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 early 1980s, two ______ from the epicenter of punk music. I was shielded from the _____ of bigotry and the social restrictions of a religiously-based __________. Where I come from, if you weren't a drag queen or a radical thinker or a ___________ artist of some kind, you were the ______. (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 _____.

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  1. upbringing
  2. performance
  3. ideas
  4. blocks
  5. weirdo
  6. pains

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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