Lavender Menace


A scared 12 year old

Alone, afraid, abstract

Knowing they were 


Than other girls


A stolen glance at school

An unflattering haircut

A google search for

What is a lesbian?

Who can be a lesbian?

Am I a lesbian?


Deleted browser history

In fear of parents finding out

The new reality

Feeling lost

Searching for signs in other women

An older Butch with a carabiner at the grocery store

Two women and their son at the park



To feel less alone


A Google search leads to



Pictures of girls

Calling themselves the Lavender Menace

Loving women openly


And wholeheartedly


A new sense of pride

A glimmer of hope

And an urge to come out


Attending a Pride parade for the first time

Finally surrounded by others who feel the same

But never forgetting those who came before us

This poem is about: 
My community


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