Inadequate Faggot  

Bek-Lee Reynolds

I want to be seen for who I am,

not what I wear.

I'm not the clothes

that look like I randomly grab stuff

and force it to work

and have no fashion sense.

I want to be seen

like I can represent

the LGBT community normally

Instead of the

Inadequate Faggot

people want to make me out to be.

I’m not the person who needs others

ideologies to give me purpose.

I don’t need your views

to make me happy

I don’t need you

to forcibly take away

the rights I'm just trying

to have to be treated

like a human being,

like you.

I want to feel like I'm not

outcasted within my own community

for declaring who I am.

I want to be understood

before being judged.

I want to be in the body I want

and force people to take double takes

but take the time to understand me.

I need to be understood before

People can pretend to understand me.

My name is Bek-Lee Reynolds, my pronouns are ze/zim/zis, and I am a sophomore at UAlbany! I was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, but raised in Binghamton, New York. I've always liked writing, because I could express myself a lot more freely, but my teachers usually had restrictions on them, like they had to be about happy things, or a certain length. I'm currently a double major in Sociology and Journalism, with minors in Creative Writing, English, and LGBT Studies.