OutWrite

eZine

Notes From

the Editors

The OutWrite eZine was created to amplify the voices of our LGBTQ2A* youth and to foster connection, understanding, and celebrate excellence in written and spoken word.

This year’s OutWrite eZine has collected many poetry submissions from LGBT+ youth 13-21. As the second annual eZine, we are proud to present the amazing talent found in today’s youth. All with diverse experiences and knowledge, these poets share their wisdom through creative and soulful stories.

The authors are mainly based in Victoria and Vancouver Island but these pieces can provide powerful and personal messages all over Canada/the world. With intentions of spreading awareness of LGBT+ issues, comforting words those in need, and to inspire others to rise and stand for what they believe in, the eZine and all the lovely authors who submitted their works hope to achieve the previously stated goals through celebrating the beauty in untamed poetry and the young and proud LGBT+ community.

Enjoy the following poetry and let the stories inspire you to stay strong, to try writing your own, and to share these beautiful pieces with family and friends!

Silke Staffeldt-Jost
Youth Editor
Victoria Pride Society Youth Leadership Council

For our second annual OutWrite publication, we are thrilled to showcase the talents of 17 poets and welcome our new Youth Editor, Silke.

Let me share how OutWrite gets published. In the late Winter, we do a call for poetry submissions, they are reviewed by a committee of writers, and then the collection is published the following Fall on our Website. The categories are up to 14, 15 to 17, and 17 to 21. For outstanding submissions in each category, poets are invited to read their poetry at VPS and community events throughout the year. All poets receive an honorarium, reviewer notes when they’re available, and a publication certificate.

The poems in this year’s collection are impactful and enjoyable for all ages. They are an extraordinary survey of themes important to our families and communities. In fact, new this year, the poems are organized by theme: Love, Experiences, Metaphorical, and Inspiration. group is indicated using a colour code.

We encourage you, the reader, to print the PDF out and share in your homes, your schools, and your organizations. Share the electronic version in your networks as well.

Lastly, to the youth reading these poems, we hope you find familiar reflections and resonance here. Whether it be through poetry, art, music, or whatever your medium, we wish you inspiration to tell your own stories.

Kelly Legge
Editor
Chair of Victoria Pride Society Youth Initiatives

The OutWrite eZine was created to amplify the voices of our LGBTQ2A* youth and to foster connection, understanding, and celebrate excellence in written and spoken word.

For our first annual eZine, we are privileged to publish the works of 27 poets, ages 14 to 21, primarily based in Victoria and Vancouver Island, with contributions from as far away as Nova Scotia and even Korea. In this collection, you’ll find themes of love, of self and others; self-actualization; and soulful and hopeful treatments of what it means to feel different.

OutWrite was compiled to be enjoyed by all ages as a work to open and deepen conversations. Beyond sharing with friends and families, it’s a highly readable collection to share at GSAs and youth groups. For the youth reading these poems, we hope you find familiar reflections and resonance here, as well as inspiration to tell your own stories, whether that be through poetry, art, music, or whatever your medium.

We are pleased to launch this amazing collection and look forward to the chance to publish such incredible work for years to come.

Kelly Legge
Editor
Victoria Pride Society Youth Engagement Committee Chair

2019

OutWrite Ezine

Victoria Pride Society - OutWrite Cover - Sept-2019

Cover Illustration

Finn Lewis

Graphic Design

Ardent West Creative

Youth Editor

Silke Staffeldt-Jost

Editor

Kelly Legge

Publisher

Victoria Pride Society

2018

OutWrite Ezine

Cover Illustration

Aurora Finkle

Graphic Design

Ardent West Creative

Editor

Kelly Legge

Publisher

Victoria Pride Society

2019

Entries

A Child’s Need

Tyler Johnson

A child’s need is met, The answering calls

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A Trans Boy

RNAB

Binding his chest and getting stabbed

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Bach & Breeze

Aaron Smail

A welcome breeze on a hot day

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bad eggs and ham

Jen B.

itty bitty piggies, march into markets

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Brother of Icarus

Jaqi Hinkle

Daedalus had a second son, Icarus had

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Dance of the Bat People

Taryn Muldoon

When a bat falls from the sky

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dear “dad”

Reah Dheenshaw

To the father I never had, I hope

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euphoric oddities

Mx Kade

so, do you want to be a boy or a girl

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Family

Emma Bishop

With sweaty palms, I stand in a

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For All of Us

Taryn Muldoon

Light dashing to the ground spreads flat

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Gloriously Indecent

Olive Elzinga

We are normal. We are the princes

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little brother

Kai Sjerven

look at him go he’s soaring and laughing

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Mirrors

Ash Barnard

They are one of the only recognized things

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Moving to Lesbos

Jaqi Hinkle

“We need a new Amazonia” she says

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My Body, A Temple

Tyler Johnson

Words hit skin like stones Chipping away

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Our Love is Dangerous

Ava Webb

Our love is dangerous It’s not just you

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Our Song

Aaron Smail

Your laugher is but a song Your smile but

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Palindrome Girl

Ash Barnard

I remember you Just like I promised to you,

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Patience

Ly Beaton

I’ll apologize for no reason As if I’ve

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Sugar Rush

Emma Bishop

Eating a plum, under the summer sun,

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The Forest Absorbs You

Ripley Stevens

The forest absorbs you The moss crawls

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These have lips too

Olive Elzinga

I have a story to tell. About the things I have

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this is an intermission

Mx Kade

this is the in between, the lawless middle

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Tigress

Charlie Marie

Each and every woman out there is part

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Toxic

Reah Dheenshaw

He told me he loved me with all his

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Untitled

Aria Stewart

How dare you tell me That I’m unnatural

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2018

Entries

‘SJW’

Seanna-Lee

You think we’re fighting for justice, but

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(No Title)

Ripley Stevens

They were the kids who flinched

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(No Title)

Samuel Park

No fats, femmes, Asians,

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A day in the life of a trans person

Maisie Bodrug

My boobs are made of silicone

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a not so straight future

Hailey Merritt

Her hair, Golden like a fiery sunset

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A Star to Call my Own

Olive Elzinga

We are the centers of our own universe

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Aware of Bodies

Emma Bishop

The sun starts to go down

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But Not Her

Anonymous

I’ve had two years to figure this out

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Colours of the Rainbow

Maisie Bodrug

Black and Brown take the crown

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Curtain Call

Ray Nufer

She tore me apart in a beautiful way

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Dear Gender

Emma Bishop

Gender, I have a habit of disobeying you

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Death Don’t Be Shy

Kaizen Geoffrion

Death don’t be shy

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Enlightenment

Aaron Smail

Into the room where I remain

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Game Over

Tyler Johnson

They say my name like a slur

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Girls

Hazel Woodbridge

Have you ever kissed a girl

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go.

Jen B.

take it and take it and take it til it’s done

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Happily Ever After

Jasmine DeFehr

Like Romeo and Juliet

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hiraeth

Sara Marie Nason

i hear her voice

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i could have died

Ira Strain

i could have drowned in the ocean

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In Through the Cracks

Jaqi Hinkle

Slip in through the cracks

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Leaders

Jasmine DeFehr & Nyoman Sparshu

Taking action, taking a stand

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Let me be perfectly queer

Olive Elzinga

See me standing before you

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Like A Phoenix

Kaizen Geoffrion

I used to wear lacy black underwear

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Me Vs. the Television

John Fitzsimmons

The television is staring at me again

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My Rainbow

Anonymous

Red Her lips as I kiss them

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On being Gay

Abi Paeth

thirsty for a drink you don’t know the name

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Peace in Colour

Anonymous

My world, beautiful

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Pick-up trucks and Gasoline

Hazel Woodbridge

“Are you happy?”

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Shattered

Anonymous

Its too much

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Sterling

Prince Loyd Besorio

It was Sterling who caught her heart

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Submerge

Ray Nufer

He was a profound oddity

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That’s So Gay

Anonymous

I hear it

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The moon and her sun

Ira Strain

She runs her fingers through my hair

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ticket to ride

Sara Marie Nason

nanny’s body, collapsed

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to my best friend now suddenly a stranger

Charlie Marie

To my best friend now suddenly a stranger

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TRIBUTE TO THE DEVIL

Charlie Marie

They say that god will give you

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We Are Done

ANONYMOUS

They called us a dream;

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