Our seventeen year old daughter, who identifies as a lesbian, is in AP English and their final project was due yesterday. It could be in several different formats, one was slam poetry. My daughter is NOT slam poetry – she is ROTC all the way. I was really surprised she chose that format. 

She performed it yesterday and she got a standing ovation and her teacher hugged her for “so long.” A few of the kids came up to her afterward to thank her for being willing to say something. 

**WARNING!! EXPLICIT LANGUAGE!!**
For the record – I didn’t make her watch Care Bears or refuse to buy her Legos. Legos were too expensive! Also, one of her brothers had a doll he packed around EVERYWHERE.

Faggot
Faggot:

A word I have heard a thousand times

A thousand different ways

But has always sounded the same,

Like ignorance.

FAGGOT because society has made it standard that a baby girl only wears pink and a baby boy only wears blue. 

FAGGOT because I can’t play with legos when I’m five years old and my brothers can’t play with dolls because these toys aren’t meant to be played with based on your gender.

FAGGOT because Spider Man and the Power Rangers are off limits on Saturdays and I have to watch the Care Bears and Dora because those are “Girl shows”

FAGGOT because I shouldn’t want to kiss my girl best friend and instead I should be chasing around the boys on the playground like all the other girls

FAGGOT because religion states that being gay is wrong and being straight is right.

FAGGOT because when a guy pretends to be gay it’s hilarious but actual gay guys are fashion accessories for girls to collect and fight over.

FAGGOT because gay people are murdered everyday for loving who they love. 

FAGGOT because I was so afraid of who I was and accepting the truth that I myself was a homophobe once and bullied others.

FAGGOT because my brothers didn’t accept who I was and acted like they didn’t love me because of the feelings I was born with.

FAGGOT because this word is used as an insult.

FAGGOT because I am gay and people cannot respect that.

FAGGOT because I will not tolerate your use of this word.

Tranny, Dyke, Fairy, Faggot

These words cut through the queer youth

like the razors they slice against their skin.

Because society has bullied so hard

that death was a better option than living.

Because in the past 12 months, 

29.4% of LGBT youth attempted suicide, 

compared to 6.4% of heterosexual youth.

That teenagers find these words okay to use

when speaking of their classmates.

Because society is fucked up. 

Because being gay is wrong.

Because I am living in a world that doesn’t accept who I am

And because I’m striving to change that. 

Lindsey King 

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