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I don’t want to live in fear
But I’m terrified,
For my own life,
The lives of my queer, trans, and non-binary community.
It’s a waste of time spending your life worrying about being killed--
Like so many like you already have and continue to be--
But how can we smile and go on blissfully when our people are unjustly dying?
How can I not be scared when murder of my kind is a common occurrence?
How can I go on my merry way when
Any second could be the second I lose my life,
A friend loses their life,
Someone else in my shared community loses their life,
Just for the cost of living and existing as a queer, trans, or non-binary individual.
Our pride and bravery is deadly,
Punished at the hands of
Toxic hatred translated into uncontrollable violence.
I don’t want to live in fear,
But I’m terrified.