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Troubled Waters

In a searing memoir, former Olympic swimmer Casey Legler revisits her harrowing adolescence.

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For a long time after she retired, Casey Legler didn’t swim. She stayed far away from the water. The former Olympic swimmer’s youth was so deeply immersed in a pool of addiction, anguish, and assault that she was almost drowned by the weight of it all. But five years ago, while she was in Sydney, Australia, with her wife, Siri May—United Nations Program Coordinator for Outright International— Legler dared to dive into the Andrew “Boy” Charlton Pool in Sydney Harbor.

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As we greet a new season we also embrace new possibilities of expression. I was thrilled to welcome to our cover the beautiful Nafessa Williams, star of the CW show Black Lightning. 2018 is the year of the black superhero, and Williams is a breakout star, playing TV’s first black lesbian superhero. Season 1 was an overnight success, premiering as the network’s #1 new series. That’s great news for anyone who ever wondered if their authentic self would find representation and acceptance in the mainstream. We also take an in-depth look at the November midterm elections and the potential “Rainbow Wave” of out LGBT candidates. More diverse women than ever before are entering the political field hoping to enact necessary change, and that’s something worth celebrating. Enjoy our story on the Indigo Girls, who are trying something new musically, and meet other women from coast to coast who are pursuing their selfhood in the most delightful and inspiring ways. Hats off to Esther Newton and Casey Legler whose lifelong journeys made me proud to call this community my home.