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Shelby Dreesen, Age 15, Lesbian

So one day I’m sitting in class (I was in grade four at the time) looking at girls thinking they’re kinda cute. I keep thinking about the girls when I get home, saying to myself okay this is confusing. For a while I always thought I was straight, but I could never keep my eyes off girls. I’m thinking what the heck is wrong with me?

Sarah Campbell, Age 18, Lesbian

I am an openly gay individual in my present high school and I cannot tell you how much I love it! Basically, I have known that I was different throughout my childhood and just recently, in the last six months that I have been introduced to the gay community.

Arielle, Age 19, Lesbian

I always figured I was because I would only notice girls. Last summer I met this girl at my summer job I thought she was cute so I started talking to her. I found out she was a lesbian also and we started dating it was awesome. The only people that knew I was a lesbian were my friends, I didn’t tell my family because they are very religious and they would judge me.

Love is Love, by Alex D'Silva

I live each day in silence. Truth is some days I hate being gay; I’m sick of having to put up with ignorant/homophobic people’s gay bashing day in and day out. Well I’m done being silent I’ve got something to say!

Dear people that are queer and out

I love people that are out. No matter if your are male, female or trans. Just about most queers have some kind of impact on me. Most queers inspire me just by being queer. It is so nice to see other queers out there. It helps me feel less alone and it makes me feel proud to be a queer myself.

Acceptance, by Brent Querin

With each situation presented to you, you will learn a little bit about yourself. Being open towards others just may result in experience, growth and insight. Accepting people for who they are becomes easy when you realize that we all want to be desired, important, loved and supported.

Half boy-half girl

I want to be half boy, half girl
I like certain parts, and not others
I like my rough boy’s frame,
I hate my boyish scraggly arms…

That’s So Wrong, by Caity Rogers

Picture yourself walking down the halls. You feel uncomfortable in your surroundings when every five steps you hear people insulting you without thought. For some students, direct insults may be a regular experience, but for you it’s different. Because you hear other students casually describing some problem or situation using language that just happens to be slapping you in the face every time.