What Is This Really About?
What is this really about, all this
Trans legislature, all this scary talk?
What are you trying to accomplish?
Are you trying to make trans kids cis, or
Are you just trying to make them
Have doubts about their existence?
What does that surmount to, for you
Will you stop making the bills
Once they all kill themselves, or will you wait
Until they’ve stopped coming out of their shells?
I have bad news for you, folks
You can’t tell if a kid was trans
After they’ve killed themselves in silence.
The statistics on trans youth
Are underestimated, if you can believe it
I would have certainly killed myself
Had it not been for the power of music
So I feel strongly about this issue, I would have
Just been another statistic
Of a teen suicide, perhaps I would’ve been labled
LGBT but I definitely wouldn’t have been labeled
A trans suicide, because I didn’t tell a soul
About how I felt inside.
That’s where trans identity starts, and for some of us–
That’s where it dies.
If you want trans youth to stop coming out
You might as well be telling us to die.
Now, for the youth
Who read this and want to cry
I love you, and I loved my transness
I loved my trans identity, as secret as it was
So much, that it never mattered to me
What anyone else said or did to me
I encourage you to find the strength and the beauty
Of yourself, and your power
It takes incredible insight, empathy, strength and fortitude
To realize that you are not who you could be
And want something better for yourself.
You are not a freak, you are a diamond
In a sea of loose packed dust and silt.