Different Names, Same Pain

Every day, I wake up

Every day, I hear the same two words uttered in different ways


Every man

All men


What follows next is not always the same

But in the end they have the same hurtful meaning





And when someone utters the words not all,

they get called different names with the same pain intended





Every day I hear what they proclaim that I am taught

Taught in the name of a privilege derived from a penis


Raping 101

Blood Spilling 101


Yet people wonder why I shun the names they embroider on their hats

When all I am told is that I am the source of a problem I never caused





What crimes have I committed in this world that deserve such scorn

When the only crime that I am guilty of is being born with a penis





My whole life I spent without a father, and yet I still had male influences

But each day, the lessons I had learned remind me what I am not





Each day I step forward, I step forward as myself

As a human that loves and not as a monster that hates





Each day I do not stay my hand because I do not strike to cause pain

I reach my hand out to give hope to those that need it





And each night when I go to bed, the words still float in the wind

All I can feel for those that spill the verbal bloodshed is not hate





All I feel for them is pity to hold such useless fear and anger towards men

When I can see them becoming the monsters they wish existed in me

– Jacob S.…

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