I’m scared and angry. It’s lunch time at Alcorn and I’m sitting alone again. The boys are yelling words like “dyke” at me because of the way I dress and because of my sexuality. I have a friend named Jay who is scared to be who he is because he’ll probably get the same treatment as me. The girls won’t dare to come near me and also make fun of me because of the way I dress. “5th grade students welcome our new student Ny’Hayla” my principal stated. I looked up and she was pretty, but I had a feeling she would just be like every other girl and not want to be near me. She came over to me and sat next to me. It was silent for about 5 minutes at the table. The other kids were whispering. “Hi, my name is Ny’Hayla. What’s yours?” She asked. I looked at her and asked her “Why’d you sit next to me?” I was happy that she decided to sit next to me, but I was so confused as to why. She looked at me and said “because you look like you’d be a great best friend.” I told her “my name is Nevaeh.” She repeated it and said I had a pretty name. She had all of the same classes as me, so she sat next to me in all of our classes. At the end of that day we found out that we had to walk the same way home, so she walked with me. When we stopped in front of my house, she asked “Do you like me?” I looked at the ground and whispered “Maybe.” She hugged me and said “It’s ok to be yourself.” I needed to hear that because I was starting to lose and forget about who I am. That’s why even until this day I think It’s fate that we met. Ever since that day I have been true to myself and I wear my Lesbian pride loud and proud!