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Little Did You Know

by Nia Lovell

I’m bisexual.
Little do you know that I’m a part of the LGBT
And that it’s not a phase
And that it won’t go away
And that my friends are, too
Nor do you know of my girlfriend
And how she makes me feel
And of how bad I want you meet her
But the fear I feel is greater
Or how I felt the same when I use to talk to this boy
The one you’d rather accept
Or how I’m still the same straight or not
And how some things you say about the LGBT community hurt me

Little do you know that I’m a part of the LGBT
And how bad I want you to know!
And how bad I want you to change
And respect my lifestyle instead
Because little do you know I’m bisexual
And I’m proud.

Commentary by Bernice Arricale

Nia’s yearning for acceptance resonates in this poem, and also her fear of ridicule and rejection. She declares that she is part of a larger LGBT tent and we sense her relief at being able to say that. How is it helpful to be welcomed into a particular tent?