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Loneliness: A Poem

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People don’t like me.

I think they don’t like me because other people think I’m a freak and so they might also think that the people that like me might be a freak too.

But how many people think I’m a freak?

Seven million maybe?

Or just two.

It still hurts the same, if it’s seven million or two.

My friends are not playing with me because I’m not a girl anymore.

I’m sad because now I want to become a girl again but I’m a transgender boy.

I told them about me being a transgender boy.

They were okay.

Then they forgot.

Now I have to do a stupid test to get to play in their game.

And now I need help.

I’d don’t know what type of help but I need help.

Help.

From everyone.

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Published with permission from a young trans child in our advocacy network, in original form to honor the voice and agency of this child.
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An Open Letter to Adults from a Transgender Child

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The past 48 hours have been devastatingly painful for our family and other families supporting gender variant or transgender children.  As we heard that the new administration would rescind the thoughtful guidelines the Obama administration put into effect last May to protect trans children’s rights at school, found here, we called and sent messages to our local and national politicians. Wednesday we awoke to find that indeed, the guidelines had been formally rescinded by the new administration. As the parent of a nine year old visible transgender son, I’ve spent the past 48 hours reading every single article I could get my hands on to educate myself about the ramifications of this newest assault on our community and to also prepare myself to talk to my son. He and I have a very beautiful relationship and speak openly about most every topic, so my son is very well informed about the reality of the world we live in. My hesitation to wait 48 hours to speak to him was more about me gathering my thoughts and gaining strength to take on his worry when I approached this conversation with him.

In my research and reading, an alarming fact began to emerge: the glaringly absent voice of the child in this narrative. As a parent who also happens to be an educator, I believe steadfastly that uplifting a child’s voice is essential in building their agency as a human being and empowering their role as a citizen in our democratic system. It is with that intent in mind, that my son gave me gracious permission to share his thoughts with the world. He wants this narrative to shift as well: he wants children’s voices to be heard, his own voice honored. He wants adults to know what he thinks. So, here it is adults:

An Open Letter to Adults from a Transgender Child

Why do people go to adults, not kids? This is about kids, not that much about adults. Adults don’t go to school. Also, adults shouldn’t tell kids what to do. It’s not fair what bullies say. It feels mean that adults are making decisions for kids. Kids have a life, too. Kids should do whatever they want to be themselves. When the adults are mean, they teach the kids to be mean, too. It’s kind of creepy these people are making decisions for you and they’re not even transgender or kids. It’s mean. Why can’t kids do what makes them safe and why should adults get to tell kids who they are and kids know the best about them because they are themselves.

Kids in other states will be crying every single night and want to be someone else. They’d want to be someone else with the problems they have now. If I travel to another state, now I need to bring around a card [gender affirmed birth certificate] in other states that don’t allow transgender people to go into the bathroom they want? Now I have to prove it? Why did they do this – why don’t some states like children to be themselves?  Maybe all the transgender people can live together where people support them – but it’s not fair. They should live where they want to. I feel sad because I have to carry a card now and this wouldn’t happen if Hillary Clinton were president. Why would he even be president? We need to change the law of how to have a president.

I feel really sad right now. Kids should tell their parents what’s right for them. People think that kids are just people who have fun, people with no problems, and have no voice in the world but they are wrong. After you read this, go up to your kid and ask them what’s right for the world. Adults need to listen to children because children have ideas, too. Children are scared to tell about who they are to adults because they don’t want adults to not let them be their true selves.

I’d say to other transgender children: it’s okay, every transgender kid is cheering you on. Even though you’re going through all this peril, you have transgender kids on your side. Even though it looks like there aren’t any transgender kids at your school, there just might be one who doesn’t want to have anybody know. Now kids are going to want to keep their true selves inside and not tell anyone. It’s bad.

Transgender kids and bully kids get out of bed the same, they eat breakfast the same, they go to school the same, they sleep, eat, play, have lunch, dinner, and bedtime the same. But when they get to school, everything is different because bully kids think their moms and dads aren’t there so they can bully people.

What about teachers? They sometimes have boy lines and girl lines and you have to go in either one. What if you’re a kid and you’re both? Where do you go? This also goes to bathrooms – if you’re in the middle, which bathroom do you go in? What if some teachers support their transgender students but principals don’t support kids, will the teachers get fired? They shouldn’t be principals if they don’t care about all children.

This is going not to just people who are transgender but to everybody. This could also happen to people because of their skin color. Maybe they might get suspended for their skin color. It doesn’t matter what their skin color is, it’s who you are. It’s not like transgender kids chose this, it’s just who they are. What happens if in the future that there’s no states that support transgender and people of color anymore? They might get murdered. That would be so bad. That’s like murdering yourself. That actually might happen because some people are really mean.

In our brain, we have two sides: one side is love and one side is hate. Like my mom has a big love and a little hate. I have big love and a little hate. My brother has big love and a little hate. But the president has almost all the way hate and almost all love is going to go away from him. What if the president was a kid? How would he feel? What if he was a transgender child? We have to change their minds. We need someone very powerful to do that – to change their minds – and the very powerful one is children.

Adults think they are so powerful because they can control the kids, they made the kids so kids are like slaves – but they are not. They are like adults, like people. Actually, maybe in the future there’s not adults and kids, it’s everyone equal with each other.  So when people bully children because they are different they are just bullying themselves because they are different, too. We’re all different in different ways. Nobody can match up someone: our brains are different, our bodies are different, our hands, feet, and faces are different.

If you are reading this, I want you to know: cherish this letter because this is what children say but they’re too scared to tell you adults because you’re the ruler of them and they think they’ll get in trouble.

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Published with permission from a young transgender child in our advocacy network, with all content from the child represented in original unedited form to honor his voice and agency. -C
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Reflection on Friendship

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The Day It All Began: The Story about how me and my best friend struggled to 3rd grade.

One day at school it was a regular day until…the teacher started to move kids desks! Then my name was called out to move! Me and my best friend Liam made sad faces at each other. I knew we were just on different sides of the classroom, but it felt as if we were on different sides of the earth. I was sad also scared.

Liam was Ella before he was Liam. Me and Liam were in kindergarten together. We played and talked. We were friends, very close friends. We were the first friend each other had.

I met Ella. We were both girls. Over the years Ella wore different cloths, and cut her hair. When I was in 2nd grade Liam was still Ella. At the very end Ella desided that she was going to be a boy. He was transgender.

Now I am in 3rd. Ella was called Liam at school now. We sat next to each other because nobody wanted Liam bullied. I was chosen because I was his closest friend. I always thought that they were two different people but Ella was Liam all along. I thought that Ella was my best friend and Liam a stranger. I thought I grew up with Ella but it was Liam all along.

At first I always said, “come Ella.” I got used to calling him Liam. I wondered how Liam was so brave.

When Liam was in 2nd grade he got bullied. Sophie asked, “are you a girl or a boy” and laughed. Ever since then we always whisper to each other when we see Sophie, we worry she will be mean again, but we are nice to her.

We always played, sat, talked, and worked together. We were ready for whenever Liam’s transgender adventure was here. Whenever we think about what happened we eighther laugh or get serious, but we are always there for each other.

A couple of weeks ago we saw a all gender bathroom at school. We ran to our parents and told them. They did not belive us at first but then they got excited. We raced back so quick we felt like we were flying. When we got there Liam’s mom took a photo of it. We all smiled from ear to ear.

I hope that no one will bully transgender kids because they are different, either way you are different too. So give me a hip hip horay for transgender!

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Published with permission from the best friend of a young trans child in our advocacy network. All names are pseudonyms and writing appears with all original spelling and punctuation to respect the right’s of the young writer.
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Uplifting the Child’s Voice: A Poetic Journey

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Uplifting the voice of the child is an act of democracy. Listening to the voice of our youngest  members of society enables them to become actively part of our collective movement forward. As we labor together to provide a safe space where our gender variant and transgender children unequivocally see themselves in our world, it is fitting to begin our journey writing by shining a light on a child’s perspective on life. Our hope is that these poems spark your innate compassion and inspire you to capture what is alive in your mind’s eye. We hope you enjoy glimpses into a poetic child’s mind, published with permission from this young transgender writer. -C
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Being a Transgender Boy

I am different.

Different in all ways.

Different than my best friend.

She’s a girl.

I was a girl.

This is called transgender.

I get bullied because people think I’m different,

but everyone is different.

It’s like they’re bullying themselves.

My friend helps me when people bully me.

So, I hope you’ll be nice to transgender kids.

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People

People with different color

on

their

body.

People with different clothes

on

them.

People with different

persunaletys.

Different people are how

we are the

same.

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Friends

Friends are priceless.

Friends can be

all you want.

Friends with money doesn’t

mean

like

them.

Friends without money doesn’t

mean

don’t

like

them.

Even though those friends

look weird it doesn’t

mean

you shouldn’t

like

them.

Even though those friends

look great it doesn’t

mean

like

them.

So just make a friend that’s

good

for

you.

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Writing

Writing has meaning.

When you put your

pen

on

the

piece of paper

it’s magical.

When you just sit there

you

never

write

and when you don’t write

you don’t

express

your feelings.

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Stories that Come to You

Stories come to you,

stories that give

you hope.

Stories through your

brain

and soul.

Stories that give

you dreams.

Stories that come to you.

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