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I am gay.
I'm not a disease, I'm not a problem
I'm not an affliction
I don't need treatment.
I don't need help
I'm not sick
I'm not confused
I'm not a sin.

I am gay.
I'm your daughter
Your sister
Your friend
Your co worker
Your classmate
Your acquaintance
A complete stranger

I am gay.
I need love, just like you
I need smiles
I need support
I need a hug
I need a friend
I need a family
I need acceptance
I need understanding
I need you

I am gay.
I know what love is
I know what pain is
I know what hate is
I know what life is

I am gay.
And I need you to love me
The same way you loved me before you knew

I am gay.
And I have experienced hate
From more people than just you

I am gay.
And I wont change.
I wont give up.
I wont back down.
I wont pretend.
I wont lie.
I wont deny.
I wont hide.
I wont hurt.

I am gay.

And that's okay.
Coming out is a bitch.


Edit: You are all unreal. I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart, I am still just stunned at the amount of love and support I have gotten from people. I can't believe this has gone viral and is on the Wipe Out Homophobia Page on FB! Crazy!
I do want to note that I saw whoever shared it changed the last line from "I'm sorry if that's not okay" to "that's okay" I do get why they changed it, obviously. I had my reasons for it being that way, as I explained in comments - it was sarcasm. But I have edited the poem to have it as "that's okay" so it is not conflicting with the now viral post everywhere. Thank you all again a billion times over!
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Nelreen Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I myself never had any problem with gays, I cannot see anything wrong or different with it. Two former friends of mine have become christians and they tell everyone who will listen to them that God does not want you to be gay. It is ridicoulus what excuses people come up with to hate others. Just because you have a problem with yourself doesn't mean you have any justification to tell others, they are a problem. People tend to not admitting this, they know deep down they have a problem, but want to be on the right side at the same time. Religion makes them see themselves on the right path, but to be there, someone else has to be on the wrong path. This is cowardish behaviour and doesn't solve anything, not your problems, not mine, it is just ignorant!

Wonderful poem, I love it!

ps. Sorry for any mistakes, my English is terrible!^^
Nqsa Featured By Owner 3 days ago
And that's okay... for you.
MartenMarten Featured By Owner 5 days ago
DreamLycan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bloody9Rainbow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful ;^;
Nellisluv1814 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Absolutely beautiful, this is amazing. You wrote this very well and I wish you all the luck in the world. Be strong no matter what life throws at you! <3 
MIKUMIKUDANCE-MODELS Featured By Owner Edited Jul 26, 2014  New member
Phelice Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, I love it!
123ooopo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm bi, my friends didn't make it hard on me... But one person said.
"Eww! That stuff is only on South Park! You can't be gay!"
I stared... And stared, and stared.
"Dude, it's real life stuff, not a TV show thing, plus I'm not gay, I'm bi." I think people need some education on this matter...
Any way, rambling aside, this is great! I loved it~! ^_^
SpikeyMacksy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Oh my god. People need an education.
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