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No Str8er Boi by Ellen Huang

He’s into boys

She’s into girls

Can I make it any more obvious


She was a punk

He did ballet

What more can I say


He’s friends with her

She’d never tell

She just wanted to be friends as well

But all of their friends

Shipped them the most

They had a problem with friends being close


He was a gayer boy!

She said I don’t care, boy!

Should be good enough for her

The church said we’ll show you grace

The world said pick up the pace

They weren’t sure just what they were...


Five years from now

She sits at home

Shouldn’t she be glad that she’s not alone?

She turns on TV

Guess what she sees

Representation LGBT


She calls up her friends

They already know

In fact they’ve been binge-watching all these shows

She catches up

And she feels so found

Looking at the life so long turned down...


He was a gayer boy!

She said I don’t care for boys!

It was good enough for her

Now they could find their place

The world would now give them space

To figure out just who they were


He was a gayer boy!

She said I don’t care for boys!

It was good enough for her

The world was a pretty place

To be gay, pan, bi, or ace

As they figure out just who they were


Sorry, world, how you missed out

Well good thing you see us now

Boys and girls can, yes, be friends

Straightness is not where it ends

Too bad that you couldn’t see

The kinds of love that there could be

There is more than boy meets girl

This better represents the world


He’s into boys

And she’s into girls

Can I make it any more obvious

They’re not in love

Haven’t you heard

How their kinship rocks the world?


He’s now a gayer boy

She said see you later, boy!

See you at pride after the show

We’ll be in the car we drove

Singing that song we wrote

About this world that we would know


Yeah I’m with the gayer boy

And she who won’t care for boys

I’ll see them at pride after the show

We’ll be in the car we drove

Singing that song we wrote

About this world that we would know


Ellen Huang (she/her) is an aro/ace writer of fantasy living in San Diego with her pan roommate. She reads for Whale Road Review and is published/forthcoming in Pastel Pastoral, From the Farther Trees, Lucent Dreaming, VIBE, Aze Journal, Wrongdoing Magazine, Sword & Kettle Press, Gingerbread House Lit, and more. Much of her work is grounded in themes of progressive faith and platonic love. You should see her semi-spiritual blog where she explores cinema, folklore, and faith: worrydollsandfloatinglights.wordpress.com.

Twitter handle: nocturnalxlight

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