By Zya Rivera

Women and men are discriminated
by the way they love, act, look and feel.
They are looked at as lesser or weak.
For loving to be different.
Why can’t we be different without being
called different?
BUT WE LOVE TO BE DIFFERENT.

How come we are “the country of change”
But cannot accept different forms of it.
Love is love
No matter how love is brought upon
us, the people,
We all need love
BUT WE LOVE TO LOVE DIFFERENT.

Despite our differences, we the people
are all the same.
Brought together by one thing, LOVE
Love spreads faster than any trend.
Love is stronger than any titanium fence
BUT WE ALL LOVE.

Without love where would you be?
In a world built on differences the
only thing you have in common with
the person sitting next to you is love
Remind yourself to love all things
No matter the color, shape, or size
EVERYTHING NEEDS LOVE.

“LGBTQ” was published in Listening to the Trees, a collection of social justice poems with students from the High School of Fashion Industries in 2016. Help support the unique voices of our young authors by sharing their stories and making a donation! To receive notices about opportunities for your child, sign up for our youth writing opportunities newsletter.

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