Flowers Still Grow

Photo by Aian Tabor

By Molly Zofia

As many will already know, June is Pride Month. For the theme of Unity, I worked with several contributors (who remain anonymous) to create a poetry piece about what it feels like to be unable to openly celebrate Pride. Pride can be a lonely time for members of the LGBTQ+ community who cannot embrace Pride- or themselves- openly. I wanted to create this piece by way of a safe space for those who wanted to celebrate Pride without their anonymity being waived. 

Flowers Still Grow:

“Needles pierce my skin instead of teeth- “

“-In the past year, I’ve become disabled as well as queer- “

I am not the way I should be.

“Are you attracted to girls?

But the truth gets harder

(And harder)

As it goes on- “

“-Women will never know

How many flowers I hold for them

In my heart.

And it hurts.” 

“Keeping up this great pretence feels like

I’m at the edge of the world on a

Silk carpet. It’s falling from 

Beneath my feet and

The atmosphere is expanding-

So slowly at first

And then hurtling.”

“I just wanted to hold their hand.

Just once.” 

I want to extend a sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this incredibly personal piece. I would also like to encourage readers to research and potentially donate to some of the following charities that are working tirelessly to protect and give a platform to LGBTQ+ lives globally:

  • OutRight Action International – OutRight works with securing rights in some countries where it’s illegal to be LGBTQ+. They “partner directly with human rights defenders, allies, and organisations.”
  • Trans Lifeline – A support and crisis hotline ran by and for trans people.
  • It Gets Better Project – A non-profit charity that aims to “uplift, empower and connect” LGBTQ+ youth globally. 
  • The Marsha P. Johnson Institute – Directly aims to protect and defend the human rights of Black transgender people through creating community for healing. 
  • ‘Queer’ Asia – A collective community of researchers and activists aiming to showcase and create a platform for “people who identify as LGBTQ+ or belong to other non-normative sexualities and gender identities in Asia or Asian diasporas and beyond.” 
  • Black LGBTQIA+ Therapy Fund – Created in 2020 to fund therapy sessions for Black LGBTQIA+ people in need.

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