I started to realize why people come out
it’s not because they want to be brave
it’s not because they want to be a shining light
it’s because they’re angry
at the injustice being thrown upon them
and the words ignorant people speak
not directly at them
but meant for them-
and they anger us
until we finally speak out
and in my 23 years
I’ve barely seen change
for the trans community
and people are so openly saying
we don’t exist
we’re just confused
but we are here
and we’re not going away
despite what makes you uncomfortable
my life is not meant to make you comfortable
Our friend came out to us last night,
in an emotional speech surrounded by loved ones.
We were still on the road,
now in Nebraska.
She FaceTimed us and told us she was trans.
She had her friends over,
the moment felt right.
I wished I could’ve hugged her.
You and I talked about gender and sexuality for a while
well after the call ended.
I learned you once contemplated not being cis.
I did too, back in high school.
I told you I loved that we were still learning about each other.
You smiled and agreed.
We were on the road,
on a street we’d never seen,
in a car you only bought a month ago,
but I couldn’t have felt more at home.