My name is Lauren, and I love chocolate. I love wearing black lace dresses, and climbing fences in my white high tops; I love seeing how people find hope in darkness. My name is Lauren, and I am also queer/gay/not straight (among many other things, as we are much more than the boxes we create for ourselves).
My life goal? To stand/sit/cry/laugh/speak with others in their darkest moments; and if I'm lucky, to do the same in the joyful ones. Currently, I am trying to stand/sit/cry/laugh/speak for and with myself.
This poem is a step. Light could not come into closet, so I'm stepping out. I hope you'll journey with me. (Which encompasses much more than "LGBT things"; also oreo/flower things, faith/existential things, etc.) I have many fears, but inviting you into this space is not one of them. Whether you disagree or think differently, you are family.
I commit to you, and I love you. You are so wonderful, and so complex, and so worth someone's time. You are worthy; never forget it. Thank you for allowing me the space to know you, and for giving me the space to share "me".
"Family, let's rise now - together."
With love and all the other gooey stuff,
Also, here's my "it's going to be okay" playlist. Because it's going to be okay.