OutWrite

eZine

A Note From

the Editor

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

2018

OutWrite Ezine

Cover Illustration

Aurora Finkle

Graphic Design

Ardent West Creative

Editor

Kelly Legge

Publisher

Victoria Pride Society

2018

Entries

‘SJW’

Seanna-Lee

You think we’re fighting for justice, but

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Ripley Stevens

They were the kids who flinched

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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

Mahum Azeem

They called us a dream;

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