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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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LoverFanfic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
Deep... I LOVE IT!! It's so beautiful... I have a gay friend... He's really nice.
Salemport Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
All I got from this, I am gay, thx kkk
phantasiamcr Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
This poem is really nice ♥♥♥
syanne69 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, best poem ever. Now if only people would read this and accept gays for who they are, not who they love...
Briannabater Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Professional Photographer
THank you so much for posting this.  Much love and support.
KindomsPrincess1161 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student Artist
No, its not okay. Its not what GOD wants so it'll never be okay. 
StrawberrypixelDA Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Not everybody belives in God
eternalgemini Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Student Artist
How do you know what God wants... Oh that's right YOU don't! That's like telling someone that God doesn't like girls with short hair, or boys that are too fat. God made everyone including gay people. Straight people keep having gay babies so maybe you should direct your hate elsewhere. The Golden rule is what every human deserves. We have rights too. Poof be gone wicked witch!!
LoverFanfic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
MaxwellKraft Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
= n=
Briannabater Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Professional Photographer
Try not to be a jerk, please.
Phanghuang Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know that LGBT people are jerks to christians, right? Such hypocrites
Briannabater Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Professional Photographer
Most "LGBT" people in the US ARE Christians.

Is there a push to deny marriage, legal rights, employment, visitation rights, or housing to people just because they're Christian? 

Is there a push to deny marriage, legal rights, employment, visitation rights, or housing to people just because they're gay?
In fact, most of those things are legal in most places in the US.

It must be fun to dehumanize people and attack them for trying to gain rights you already have, huh?
lostcause1991 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
story of my life.
RainbowGlambert Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
nykolasandrews Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
Amazing c: 
SecondSparrow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
shagithmahan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Professional Photographer
i love youuu
pear6900 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! *Waves rainbow flag*
UmbriLovesEspi Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous. You and everyone else who has been in this situation, and any other difficult situation of any kind are so incredibly strong and brave, and should be proud of this fact. I never really came out, my mom just sort of knew, and her boyfriend is cool with it so I was really lucky. Lol, he and I actually bonded over the fact we both find girls attractive, and he's brought me into conversations by starting off with, "Hey, you like girls, what's your opinion on so and so.." on many occasions. I'm glad to have a very accepting mother who's only concern is that I'm with someone who makes me happy, regardless of gender, and it's a shame more parents can't see it that way. Sorry, I know I was rambling, but I just wanted to get that out there and I'm proud of you for having that courage. I wish you the best of luck in life, my dear. :huggle:
Jorgingel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Writer
Stillnotginger12 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  New Deviant
You have said all
wuz2blu Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Forgive my language, but this is fucking gorgeous!
Yuriwyn Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Same, woo~! I'm actually considering singing a song about being gay when I finally come all the way out. Something with serious lyrics put to a fun, bouncy tune. After all, most of my aunts and uncles are likely going to disown me no matter what I do, so... might as well go out with a bang and a trumpet toot, right?
mcmac123 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
All of what you just 199%
True. Just cause someones gay doesn,t their not human.
Flameboy007 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Well said.
KrimsonKiller23 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist
I hope more people in this universe will think like you! 😊
Superfuntymuy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Amazing!! I'm Bisexual, and this means alot to me.
Kittinpaws Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No one should have to live the fear of there family not accepting them EVER no mader who they choose to love and be
ImagineDragonsRock Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!! So beautiful!
RenegadeSpirit Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Umm, yeah. We all know that. Gay was things as been human. Nothing wrong with that.
septemberfringe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Beautiful, I can't add it to my favorites Cuz my markets though
donniesgirl456 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Is this true?
SnowStormNinja24 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
Beautiful~ :clap: :hug:
WildWarriorCat11 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
This is amazing! One of the best poems I've ever read!
crazywierdgurl66 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Awesome poem.Komari Kamikita (Clapping) [V4] 
SpaceBERRlES Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VictimToFate Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I just love this so much
CatSheepFluff Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
So are an amazing writer. Gays need support, they are people after all! :)
constableofravens Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful and touching. So glad to see it receiving support. I'm very gay and very proud, and happy to be in such good company!
Tigerguns Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful poem.💕
I'm bisexual.
snowythewolf1987 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It's sad that people say being gay is a sin -_- people these days...
snowythewolf1987 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
So cute and sad
nyanpeanut123 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm bi.
chasingxaimee Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Writer
That was absolutely amazing! So real, and so important. I'm openly bisexual, and have been for many years now.

This is great. :)
NeonTheBlueDragoness Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Being pansexual and always a little hesitant to show it in my real life, I can relate to this poem and I can say it is a very lovely piece. <3 Good job. 
RainbowDash1104 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Student General Artist
This made me cry so hard. everyone should read this and understand. I'm gay too and it's just so hard to tell it somebody in thsi world full of hate... This poem is so fucking awesome, because it says nearly everything about gay people. Best job on this fucking world. well done <3<3 Lgbt pride ^^
LacyBlueMaxi Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, I'm straight but bi-curious adding this to my fave well though off :) Two years ago entry but loved it even so
EmikoLove18 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not gay but I'm bisexual. And I came out a while back but now I am not allowed to have female friends over nor am I allowed to have female friends sleep over nor am I allowed to sleep over at female friends houses. Explaination? I am bi. That's what I was told.
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