New Young Writer
Pride Buzz is honored to introduce a new young writer to our platform and also to the world. Meet Ash Connaway from South Africa!
Who is Ash?
I am an aspiring writer from South Africa, blessing the gay community with my presence. I’m an old soul, but only 18 years old. I have been writing basically my entire life, but haven’t been putting my writing out there for very long. You can find my poetry on Wattpad at @ashh_cxnnawayy.
I would love to ultimately be a published author and of course, speak out on the LGBT community and the daily struggles. I hope my current series that I’m busy with helps a lot of you guys.
“Six Coloured Love“
Taken and ripped out of proportion
As if there is the miniscule chance of
it being “fixed”.
The chance of normalcy falling through our
fingertips and into the hands
of the people who loathe us.
People like me,
People being put down
because they don’t fit in with the prescribed
“black and white”.
People being tormented because
they decided that love is more important
than society’s views of them.
Being mocked because they believe in what
they stand for;
because they believe that love should conquer
all and religion shouldn’t be the ruling
party of the world.
We, as the LGBT community, are being set apart
because we had the courage to stand up and say
that we love somebody.
That we weren’t born in the right body.
That we have the ability to see past gender
and into the soul of the person, we choose to love.
Six symbols, embodied in a six coloured flag.
We stand for purity, serenity, happiness.
Not malice or wrath.
Given that we are happy, does it really matter who we fall in love with?
“It’s Just A Phase”
a distinct period or stage in a process of change or forming part of something’s development.
“Mom, I love this girl and…”
5 years later
“Mom. I need you to listen to me. This girl and I, we ha…”
That is how most of our conversations go with our parents when it comes to sexuality. If it’s not a phase, it’s not real… and if it’s not real, you’re straight… right? Probably. But here is the teaser:
What if it’s not a phase, and it is real, and you’re not straight?
What will the comebacks be then?
Probably other derogatory snippets of insults thrown at us with the hope that someday we will act as an “acceptable” generation, marrying the gender we’re “supposed” to and having kids for days. That is the perfect vision for the older generation, right?
But what about our generation?
We want to be able to do a job that we love, even if it means making less money (yes, it has been proven with science experiments and tests).
We want to be able to love who we want to love without judgment or persecution.
To have the life we have been dreaming about before we had to adult and life became hard.
We want to look at the world with childlike excitement, holding the hand of our lover. Now, what if the lover is the same gender? Or maybe they weren’t born as the gender they feel they should be. Or god forbid they’re bisexual.
That’s all it’ll ever be? It’s all we’ll ever be. But should we stay in this “Phase” box somebody made? Where would we be today if people stayed in the boxes they were given?
No electricity. No cars. No revolutionary medical miracles. No x rays. Absolutely nothing that keeps us safe, keeps us healthy or makes our life easier.
So what should we do with the box they’ve given us?
Burn it down.
Tear it to pieces.
Sit on it.
We should do anything humanly possible to obliterate the box.
Obliterate “Phase” as a noun, verb or anything in between.
Boy, girl, person reading this. Do not give any mind to what people tell you if it’s negative. Don’t believe that you are stuck in a hallway or a “phase” because you are not in a phase.
If you fall in love with somebody, let yourself fall. Love that person with your entire being and make it worth your while. Get married to whomever you fall in love with. Choose to love them for the rest of your life. Adopt kids, or do IUI, or anything you need to do to be happy.
You know why?
Because you are valid, loved, appreciated, worthwhile… and most importantly:
Chin up. You will overcome the “Phase” box.
As a sidenote:
A few weeks ago I watched a YouTube video about phase and I would really encourage everybody to watch it.
See you guys at my next post!