Can you please listen
I’m not comfortable in my skin
It’s like I’m a person in someone else’s body
I don’t have a religion
I choose what I believe in

I’ve been dreading this decision
I can’t be cured for my condition
Please don’t be mad
Don’t be sad
I’m not a freak
I’m not weak

This has been hidden for so long
But it’s time to be strong
Some will be confused
Some will refuse

Don’t be ashamed
You’re not to blame
I hope you can see
This is really me

I couldn’t keep this inside
I’m not a boy, a man, or a guy
This is who your child truly is

--Max A., 7th-8th Grade