Steph's Place

Ode to trans - By one trans person, for all trans people

Author - Juliette

I AM ME

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I’m not the colour of my skin,

I’m not the body I live in, 

I’m not the colour of my hair,

I’m not the clothes I choose to wear. 

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I have feelings just like you, 

I laugh, I cry, other emotions too.

I want to be valued in society,

I’m Transgender, non-binary. 

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I’m not a thing, an "it" or freak,

I hide myself from view all week.

I hide behind closed curtains, doors,

My heels clip clopping on my floors. 

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I want to walk the streets, be free,

To shop for clothes and bling you see.

Yet I don’t even, have a right to pee. 

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You think scandal is “Watergate”

The biggest one is that of hate,

It’s a crime, plain yet true, 

I’ve been beaten, raped – that too.

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I live in fear of “coming out”, 

The barrage of abuse from the local lout,

I’d like to go to work as me, 

Not that simple – no policy. 

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A policy will not help to protect me,

You as a person can you see, 

Support each other, together we can,

Get past this thing of Woman/Man. 

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The thought I would lose my kids, my wife,

I even thought to end my life, 

I’ve hid and lied, I don’t exist, 

It’s easier for you, being cis. 

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Transgender is not a disease,

it’s true I cannot pass it on to you, 

Don’t be afraid to sit next to me,

To chat or make an enquiry. 

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My name is Juliette, 

my pronouns are her and she, 

proud to be Transgender, 

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I am me

Edited by Julie Miller, friend of Juliette


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