national lgbtq month

MY MOTHER ASKED ME TO STOP WRITING ABOUT HER
 
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  When my best friend was a child,
  her mother used The Game of Life
  as a metaphor to explain sexuality.
 
  “You can have two pink guys
  or two blue guys, you know,”
she explained.
 
  My best friend is so straight,
  she doesn’t even masturbate.
 
  Still, she always knew that even
  if she wasn’t, even if someday she ended up
  shotgun to another pink piece,
 
  she would remain loved and supported.
 
  She wouldn’t have to ask for forgiveness.
  Of all the things she was taught to apologize for,
  love has never been one of them.
 
  2
 
  My mother doesn’t bring up my sexuality
  anymore. I think she is tired of arguing.
 
  She is sick of reading about her faults
  in my poetry. She hates my selective memory;
  how I only remember the sharp things,
  the slammed doors, the heavy whiskey.
 
  “I used to sing to you before bed
  every night,”
she reminds me icily.
  “but you must’ve forgotten that story.”
 
  Last week, she silently folded up her old flannels
  and placed them at the foot of my bed.
 
  I know this is probably just a coincidence,
  not a peace treaty or an attempt to understand me.
 
  But for my own well-being,
  I have to take this as a sign she is trying,
 
  even if it isn’t.
—  MY MOTHER ASKED ME TO STOP WRITING ABOUT HER, by Blythe Baird.

My ex messaged to say that she misses me.
It’s funny,
She only reaches out to pull me back,
When I stray far enough,
That she no longer sees my flaws.

My ex messaged to say that she misses me.
And I understood,
She likes to keep a circle of people around her,
So she feels less alone.
But in reality we’re all just vessels drifting through.
She’ll let us dock up on her shores for the night,
But she’ll wave us off in the morning,
Before we can set foot on dry land.

My ex messaged to say that she misses me.
And I realised,
We are the walls of her prison cell,
And she can’t decide if we keep her safe,
Or confine her.
She wants to break out,
But we’re what make her feel at home,
And we’ll witness every part of her current life,
But we’ll never know what led her to this place.

My ex messaged to say that she misses me.
And I wondered,
Had she always dislike being alone,
More than she liked me?

- My Ex, 28/10/2016

Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.

The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years in the lower courts. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 states ban same-sex marriages, even as public support has reached record levels nationwide.

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