Are Pseudonyms and Advocacy Compatible?

Not unless our life or livelihood are on the line

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In a culture where hiding behind a screen, spewing vitriol, and creating a persona designed to deceive is routine, having the courage of your opinions is rebellious.

The gutsier our words and the more willing we are to be ourselves— imperfections and all — the more others relate.

The relationship between a writer and a reader is a contract of trust, one that is never open-ended but instead renewed with every published piece.

Because advocacy is a mission and a commitment, something you do all the time and embody. Much like journalism, it is service, never self-serving.

Being fully human without holding back is the only way others can relate to us, even when they have no firsthand experience of what we write about. This is how connection happens.

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