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As I sit there in class,
I hear insults.

"That's so gay."
"Shut up, faggot."

I keep my mouth shut.
I don't want to be "that girl."

The arguing escalates,
The teacher ignores it.

I clench my fist,
I clench my teeth.

Don't say anything,
I tell myself.

I am angry,
Not at those people.

I am angry,
At myself.

I do not stand up for myself,
I ignore it because I am scared.

I do not stand up for myself,
I am too worried about my image.

I do not stand up for myself,
But those who are rude, do.

They stand up for themselves,
They are the ones speaking.

I am the one in silence,
Not them.
I'm waiting for the day I can finally stand up to those who are ignorant.

I am angry because I do not know when that day will come.
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leather-and-bows Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011   Writer
People used to to something similar to me when I was in high school. It was either the "gay" jokes (I'm bi), or deaf jokes (I'm profoundly deaf, and while sometimes I do ask my friends it they're deaf because someone had been trying to get their attention, it really bugs me when people go, "sorry, I'm like, completely deaf" because they misheard something.)
Equality-Forever Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Blah I'm guilty of the deaf thing on occasion, I don't mean it as a bad thing but I know what you are saying.

Sorry. >_<
leather-and-bows Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Writer
lol dw
Veji-chan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student Writer
This happens to me pretty much every day in Spanish class. People just toss those words around and I always promise myself I'll stand up next time and give them a piece of my mind, but 'next time' always comes and goes without a word and I get so frustrated. It's terrible.
MaxLightwood-Bane Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's real intimidating, especially if you are, and haven't come out yet. (Or, don't plan to.) It's bad if they make fun of you for being LGBT, but it's worse when they do it before you've even come out. 
Veji-chan Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Writer
Oh, I know. I've been there. In high school I only came out to my friends and family. But now that I'm in college and a full-grown adult I'm out to the world, and I haven't gotten any crap about it for years.
Morfinium Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Said very strong, but as someone who's been through the shit called highschool and later on in real life...unless you start speaking up and standing your ground, the day you so desire to come in this poem - it won't happen.

Of course being too reckless and witty (like me) can get you in a lot of problems. I managed to make a little group of 20 people trully hate me in college because I told each of them their fears and flaws because one of them dared insult me.

Life's too beautiful and versatile to pay attention to the silly f*cks who'll be too traditional and boring till the day they die but some problem or lil drama spices things up lols
Equality-Forever Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
College is an easier place to start, where people are more accepting and understand that there are "different" people. My high school is extremely intolerant..
Morfinium Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I sooooooo ditched on highschool once upon a time but when I there, I was "her" a.k.a. the different girl, the girl who dressed weird, who had weird philosophycal views and who blew people's minds with her behavior. I had fun annoying the shit out of them though hahhah

And in college...actually it's the same as school but people think that they have to act "adult" and "tolerant" just because someone might badmouth them. Tolerance....that doesn't even exist, it's an artificially created virtue that everyone tries to show off having.

I have my friends which are as bad as me, we shear a co-dependance lols, and they have like absolutely the same experiance from highschool as me.

All I can say is that if you gather a bunch of children and try to make them follow boring rules (my definition of highschool) and then they are presented with someone who plays by their own rules...chaos brakes loose.

Here I don't involve only boys who like boys or girls who like girls, I involve all subcultures and each and every person who isn't mainstream or a WASP.
NaMiKiTtIn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm not gay, but I'm fighting for equality for everyone. It's pure ignorance that some ppl hate ppl who's sexuality is diffrent.

This poem is so powerful!!!
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