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We all deserve better.

Words by Rhegan, 21 WA A response to the Citipointe Christian College student enrolment contract.  Christians don’t believe in bigotry. Bigots pretend to be Christians. The discrimination of queer people, from television, movies, books, politics, business, workplaces and schools is a constant in our lives. I thought we made it when they legalised gay marriage…

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: Looking Beyond

A powerful poem about identity, belonging and connection to your past.

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‘You don’t seem autistic’ – and other phrases we’re tired of hearing.

Words by Megan, 20 TAS  I am autistic. It’s a label to be proud of, but it also comes with challenges. Every autistic person is different, and so every autistic person faces misconceptions that can be upsetting and frustrating. Even those who think they are supportive of the autistic community will often make these mistakes….

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Verified

Artwork by Ziggy, 23 NSW  Artist Statement: I had to be ‘verified’ by a medical professional as transgender, before I could continue with my transition. The funny thing is everything in this drawing makes me trans. AND nothing in this drawing makes me trans. Every transgender person has their own ideas of what being trans…

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Dark of the moon

Words by Jahin, 20 NSW Welcome to the inside of my mind,A mansion of memories, that sometimes feels hollow,Cracks and curves,Embellishing the nature that swirls around it. Here you will find one of two things –The joys and cheers of what it means to be human,A fickle experience, one of age and lessons that shape…

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Disadvantaged from birth

Words by Jahin, 20 NSW From the moment I was born,They cut my umbilical cord,And attached a stigma instead,A warm welcome to the epicentre of excellence,At least that is what I was told. When I gaped at the feet that were to walk,An anchor dragged me along from my very first crawl,The dark hues on…

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Shy: an acceptable personality trait.

Words by Briana, 21 VIC People describe me as shy. It is neither said in a positive or negative light. Just an observation that people say to explain why I am the way I am. Just shy.  It’s a quiet word. The first letters are pronounced with a soft shhhh, like when you shush someone…

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Identity crisis

Words by Jahin, 20 NSW There was a period in my life,during high school,when a sense of belonging,equated to liquid gold. Sitting side by side,uniformed in similarity,Feeling whole and cherished,Being a ripple in the sea of voices. That was what my heart longed for. But after years of trying to mould myself for others,I realised…

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Hot Commodity

Words by Sachini, 22 ACT “Jamie said you were a Brownie,” said my friend Katie. I remember looking down at my arms, feeling a stab of defensiveness shoot through my stomach. “I don’t care,” I had said. In that moment, 8-years-old, with my pink Big-W backpack – I really didn’t care. I was hurt because…

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Pink-Haired Girls in the Night

Words by Kyara, 22 VIC I’m eight hours away from home at a festival celebrating the city of Adelaide’s 60th birthday. Crowds mill about, taking in the art displays and the food vans in the street. It’s easy to lose yourself in a crowd like this, and I love it. I don’t have to be…

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