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|A Few of the
2007 KarMel Scholarship Submissions
|Come read a few of the submissions we received from this year's scholarship!
- Karen and Melody
My dad suddenly asked me one night if I was gay and
I answered yes.
Poem addressing the fact that the inverted pink and
black triangles now worn in homosexual rights
cirlces were originally used by nazis, as way of
labeling homosexual people, respective to their
gender, in the concentration camps.
Autobiographical poem describing a woman's
journey from early childhood to finally coming into
her own as a bisexual adult.
This poem describes the thin line between lover and
A poem contrasting the narrator (a tomboyish sort of
lesbian) to a pretty "straight" girl.
Exploring a male-to-female transition and what goes
on inside her head, beginning wiht a symbolic
mensturation on the bedsheets.
A poem describing the troubles of gay youth
This poem discusses the issues of defined
marriage, religion and acceptance.
Poem Lesbian Coming Out
Short slam poem reinforcing the possibility of equality
if only people would put their own fears aside.
A dramatic reading for my English class finally letting
the aggravatoin and frustration caused by the
ignorance of so many throughout those 4 years.
Poem about my struggle with my bisexuality.
This is a poem about how being in the closet is
basically like acting as a character that's not truly you.
Poem about lesbian relationships and how it's not
about gender its about the heart.
Ashley (Noah) Schmidt
Sestina poem about living with the often sexist
expectations of being a woman, but knowing that you
were born as a man and not sure what to do.
A young man goes with a friend to get tested for HIV
at a free clinic after having unprotected sex with his
Story of a woman returning to see her previous
partner one last time, reflecting on how she got
where she is now. A short story told in narrative form,
meant to be poetic an suspenseful, with a surprise
This is a truly sad story about two star crossed lovers
who meet their fate. It is not meant to be a
depressing story. However, it is meant to show a few
of the things most of us GLBT people must go
through in order to be in love.
I traveled around the US, interviewing women in
mixed-orientation relationships -- that is, where one of
the women is bisexual and the other woman is a
A view from both sides of the gay issue in America.
An exploration of homosexuality in connection with
Christianity with a specific concentration on the Old
|IMPORTANT: We were NOT able to showcase
all the outstanding works we received this year
due to the overwhelming 800 submissions from 500 applicants.
We selected a good representation of the works we received,
for everyone to enjoy reading. - Karen and Melody
A persuasive essay about the unconstitutionality of
disallowing the marriage of gay couples.
Critical look at homophobia and heterosexism
embedded in black masculinities and sexulaties.
Speech designed to be presented to the national
HRC audience during their 2006 National Coming
Out Day Celebration.
An essay examining the negative influence of the war
on terror on gay marriage.
Explorative essay about interaction of spirituality an
sexulatiy restricted to one belief.
An editorial about the gender binary and a
transgender student at SU.
Argument for gay marriage and the proposed
A letter to my mom explaining my unique sexuality
and my distaste of the definition of what a woman is
in today's society.
True narrative account of lesbian artificial
Brief description from hetero to bi, bi to lesbian,
lesbian to wife of a transman, which brings me back
An account of my first experience in donating blood
with the American Red Cross. It was not only a
service to others, but also the realization that I want to
become a leader in homosexual rights.
Conversation with Financial Aid and Denial of
The actual ceremony for my wedding to happen on
April 11th this year.
A soon-to-be ex-friend tells me that my mothers
lifestyle is "unholy" and "immoral" and I tell him
exactly what I think about his bullshit opinions.
A story of my father's death and how it set me free.
A prose i wrote after the breakup with a love who did
not understand the importance of living outside the
A lesbian's view of the world and sexuality as realized
through the mode of poetry and trees as an extended
Intended to humanize the issue of gay marriage by
telling the story of Christine Dreyer who loses her
partner of many years an isn't allowed to visit her in
her last moments alive.
The story of how I have been able to come out to
everyone but myself and my acceptance of who I
Learning about the legal difficulties of raising children
as gay parents.
A personal story describing the coming to terms with
my sexuality and faith through experiences of life.
Essay concerning my personal struggles with
An article about the nearly 70 couples whose
weddings I performed in 2004 when same-sex
marraige was briefly legal.
Various short letters written to important people in my
life. It explains that I am still me even after coming
out as a bisexual women in a homosexual
Non-fiction essay/features article on the Tunnel of
Many people will label this a 'coming out story.'
However, it is much more than that; it is the hardest
struggle and deepest moment.
A brief, non-fictional narrative exploring gender and
the complex nature of perception from a Jewish
Lauren Le Page
Story of how I met my first girlfirend and how it change
Short story of Cheri and Michelle
Personal story about how I came to terms with my
homosexuality, and how my college experience will
help preserve my identity.
Short story about the discovery of myself as a
bisexual woman, and the social and political climate I
was living in during my journey.
Short essay detailing homosexual teenager's
mindsets, and how I overcame my own troubles.
Have you ever felt the pain of others? What about the
pain of the one you love? The speaker (me) has felt
the pain of her love even though they are thousands
of miles apart.
Interpretation of a night spent with my lover.
Satrical Poem Religion
Poem about my pride in being bisexual.