Sir, I Mean Ms., I Mean…

An LGBTQIA+ Proud Poem

— Inauguration Advent Day 3

(The same year Trump ran for election in 2016, North Carolina passed House Bill 2. Now, while Trump spoke out against HB 2 in 2016, he also stripped transgender service members of their titles in 2017 by banning all transgender individuals from serving in any part of the military. I will leave it to you to decide where our president stands on truly caring about and protecting our transgender community.

I am a lesbian woman who has short hair and wears masculine clothing. Due to my aesthetic, I dealt with a lot of harassment in public restrooms once HB 2 was passed. I was told I was entering the wrong bathroom, told to get out of bathrooms when in them, and was called a slew of various insults. After months of this treatment, I stopped using public restrooms.

This is my satirical way of coping and projecting that fear and anger out of myself and onto paper. If you have ever struggled with using facilities of any sort due to your gender identity, my heart aches with and for you. )

Hear ye, hear ye

Entering the room

Is a lesbian!

My short hair and

Dapper clothing

Screams aloud and from the hilltops

And people choose to hear

What they want to believe

Dyke

That four-letter word

Makes my legs shake

Not unlike another four-letter word

But containing none of the same pleasure

Or any pleasure

Face burns like the surface of the sun

Red hot as they forget your name

Replacing it

With dyke

While you push past

Only seeking sweet porcelain relief

Who knew my urination

Would cause such contemplation

Of right or wrong.

Mental Health Professional by day, writing activist by night. LGBTQIA+ equality, mental health and political injustice-OH MY!

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