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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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Dance4life628 Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! :hug:
Bluebiscuits Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
OMG THIS IS ... just wow
Oani42 Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I am Bi, but I know how it feels to lose freinds and family because of it. That's a beautiful poem
PpgCtcdAtRsTtLtsDc Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Tbh ppl who can't adapt with the time change are the only ones who have hatred toward the lgbt community.
flex-fox Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  New Deviant
I'm gay tooooo Hehe yay we can be gay together hahaha
Owlgirl424 Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
That is okai........jeezums, how I wish I could just hug you right now!
tigergirl48051 Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
dorKmelody Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  New Deviant Student General Artist
ZapphireFlame Featured By Owner 21 hours ago
Wow that is sow true, that really describes me X3.
Sapphony Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;w; These are wise words of wisdom x3 

I totally love how this describes the life of someone like that :3 COM: Icy Dash clapping icon 
Kison10082001 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago
ChibiMooshi Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece speaks very strongly to me <3 thank you for writing it
LilyRex66 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
No one gives a fuck.
katanakuma Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Awesome way to show your ignorance.
LilyRex66 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Thanks, I'll write it in my "shitty stuff" list.
Have a horrible day.
SilverTheFemboy Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful and true. I'm gay as well so I know the feels
HerosDragons Featured By Owner 1 day ago
redepicabsol2 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't matter what gender you're are into. As long you feel right with the gender you are into. If you are a male and you are into males then go for it
The same with females and to all people who hate gay people go F yourself -_-

#beyourself ♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡
zombie1458 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
"Gay" or homosexuals are just like everyone else no the earth but have other interests. I my self am NOT gay but it doesn't mean you can pic on people that are not "strate " because they think that it is contagious but it is not it is just some people find the same sex attractive and others don't, I am fine with "gay " people even tho i am "strate ". And gay , strate , homosexual ,and others names alike it are just LABELS.
legoman88 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
As long as you don't force gay stuff on me or down my throat I'm OK with that.
Endersmirror Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Speaking purely as a devil's-advocate, what do you consider "force(ing) gay stuff on me or down my throat"?

Some people have issues with gay couples displaying PDA, yet have ZERO problems with straight couples being all over each other.
Some people whine about the way popular media "constantly shoves homosexuality in my face with all these <gay> characters popping up in shows".  For decades, a lot of movies and TV shows have had "a token black guy"; now, I think we're going to be seeing a lot of "a token gay guy" being represented.

Basically, anytime you see some thing related to homosexuality and consider it to be shoving the issue in your face, replace the gay person(s) with straight or some other example of humanity and examine yourself to see if you still have a problem with it.
legoman88 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I merely stated my opinion. I didn't need this reply.
grand-ole-osprey Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not gay, but I know a lot of gay people where I live, and coming out looks really freaking easy, at least in my community. Gay men are absolutely adored by heterosexual women, and lesbian women are absolutely adored by heterosexual men. As a rather effeminate male myself, I can honestly say that in general I feel more accepted by my peers, especially heterosexual girls and gay men, when I'm mistaken for a gay; when I start flirting with the girls I hang around, it's almost like they're disappointed that I'm not gay. I also know that if I were to openly express caustic sentiment toward homsexuality, or even transgenderism in certain circles, I would be immediately ostracised by the broad majority of my peers for being close-minded. So yeah, if you're looking for some acceptance of your homosexuality, know that there are places out there where you can get lots of affection specifically for being gay and ESPECIALLY for being/pretending to be a transgender.
dismalcrux Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
i get what you mean but when you're gay, or bi or whatever, and people just FLOCK to you because omg !! yaoi !! boy love !! so adorable, it gets real old and they dont leave that shit alone

sexualizing =/= acceptance
grand-ole-osprey Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
Sure, I can definitely understand how that would get annoying. However, in any context that one is embraced for his homosexuality, would you not call that acceptance? Worst-case scenario I would call it overindulgent romanticism of a stereotype. I fail to see how sexualisation applies here, since "gay" isn't a sex. I agree with you that the constant adoration for something as inconsequential as one's sexuality could get annoying very quickly, but my point is that gays are accepted much more than they are spurned, at least in my community. I can't speak for anywhere else, but I hear San Fran also treats their gays pretty well.
dismalcrux Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
sorry i'm having a laggy brain day, i meant fetishizing rather than sexualizing

no, it's not acceptance. i'm saying this as a gay guy that's been friends with these people. we get treated like objects and it's dehumanizing and embarrassing

like seriously, a lot of these ''accepting'' people don't even care about who you are as a person or what your interests are. they just talk nonstop about how cute it is that you're gay and that they wish they were gay bc it's cute, and bullshit about gay guys being 'fashion gurus' and basically treating us like tiny chihuahuas in an ugly handbag

granted it's not as bad as actual harassment but it's not much better. it's fucking infuriating and many of us have lost friends over this shit. we even get harassed and looked down on when we DON'T acknowledge it or go along with the stereotypes

also it doesn't matter what your community is like. homosexuality is a punishable offense in some countries. even in countries where it's legal, we have to deal with homophobic bigots all the time (see: the other comments here) and grow up being scared that our own parents will disown us for our sexuality

like seriously. the entire western world isn't anything like ''your community'', nor is the rest of the world. pretty weird that you would base all of this on ''your community'' and then have the gal to tell an actual gay guy what it's like or how to feel. like at least be open minded
grand-ole-osprey Featured By Owner Edited 18 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
O.K., you shared your experience being gay, and I shared mine not being so. I understand that you're angry, but you don't need to lash out at a stranger on the Internet. All I did was provide my own perspective; I'm not patronizing you or the author of this poem. Don't tell me I'm close-minded; blow it out your ass, in fact. I based this experience on my community because it's the only place I've lived, and I don't have the gall to speak for the way people are treated anywhere else in the world; it would be weird if I was talking like I knew what it was like to live somewhere I've never been, same as it would be to talk like I know what it's like to be gay. I ended my comment by saying that there are places where gays can get affection (though you have corrected me and shown me that it isn't true affection, rather dehumanisation); I'm not saying homophobia doesn't exist and that they don't roll boulders on top of you guys in Egypt. If that's what you took away from my comment then you need to take a nap and try reading it again. You say, "it doesn't matter what your community is like"; well I don't think it matters that you'll get crushed to death in African nations then, what do you think of that? Like at least be open-minded. All I did was provide a contrary perspective, practically imploring someone to respond to me. I told you what I think and what I see, and I gave you the chance to change my mind, because frankly, I care about what you have to say. From the way you responded to me you seem very frustrated, and believe me, I sympathise with your plight, although I don't empathise with it. I really do think you should take a nap and try messaging me again when you wake up, because I might be interested in having an adult conversation with you.
dismalcrux Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
sorry man. idk why i've been so antsy lately but i am. i just get tired of people being wrong ((and i guess uninformed) about things that are so so simple to me and i snap and. sorry, you're cool for being so nice about it

i understand if you'd be pissed but i hope you dont like, feel bad about anything you said. you've not gotten anything wrong as such, i just get so fucking frustrated dude. like i just want to be able to be with my boyfriend in the open and do couple things with him safely but there's always fuckheads that ruin it and. you cant post publicly anywhere without self entitled people trying to shove homophobic opinions down your throat and its just SO exhausting

again, i'm really really sorry. stay cool man
grand-ole-osprey Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Don't be sorry, it's cool. I'm very happy that you've shared your experience with me. If anyone should apologise it's me for frustrating you. Thank you for being respectful; I regret getting as defensive as I did. I wish you the best in life and in love, and really I hope things will start to improve.
dismalcrux Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  New Deviant
naa it's okay, most people would get defensive if you talked to them like that! thank you for being chill
QueenHatshepsut Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Well said. I love this piece ^.^
ImADiablo Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I love this 💙💙💙💙💙
Elisa01 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
Amazing 😀😀😀😀
Acceptance is what society doesn't have I have a friend that hides who she because of what others think I think all of those judging who u are should stop and look at themselves and try understanding what they did
Martinarge Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
That one story i like
AlexanderRavenflame Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Coming out truly is a bitch, especially when you're afraid that people will shut you out just because of who you are. I've been fortunate enough to have caring friends and family, but one of my friends isn't so lucky, their mother abused them physically, emotionally, psychological just for being who they are. Going so far as to tell them something I dare not even repeat because it was so awful. This shows me the evil in the world, and how some people just aren't ready to accept the fact that this is the world now, and it's not gonna go away, it's not a phase. It's who we are and who we will always be, I may not know the *full* struggles of being Gay, being bisexual myself, but I do know the problems that come with it. The "coming out", the fear of judgement, the fear of rejection, even playing the straight man role for 16 long years. But I've learned over the past few months that who I am isn't who society tries to define me as, I'm not just Bisexual, I'm not half-gay and half-straight (which is a totally wrong steryotype btw), I am perfectly me and I am perfectly free.

But enough of me lol, this poem is truly beautiful and inspirational to everyone. I absolutely love it~ <3
Vandable Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This....this piece of art is amazing!
xxwhitewolfxx3 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Damn.. This is brilliant. Gets the point across, makes no difference to your life or anything, you just have a different type of person you love. Congrats Plaid-Rose ^^
Nasmedy Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
CrepitusX Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful.
deathhetaliabutler Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. Perfectly exemplifies what a homosexual is thinking when being rejected. Very moving.
whatthenoope Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im not the person who suports gays but i agree with everything you say in this
TheArtFrog Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Your poem is very powerful, and deeply emotive. It's sheer brilliance, yet modest in its use of words. Truly great! :)

I really do hate how some people see it as a bad thing and try to convince gay people that they are unnatural or wrong or sinful.

It's things like this: Real Love is Willing to Intrude by JaqErant92  (well, the stamp alone is fine... read the description) that really annoy me. If being gay really is a sin, then God is immoral to call it such.

There is nothing wrong with being homosexual/homoromantic. You can't help who you fall in love with. Why be punished for something that you have no choice or say in?
PirateQueenOswin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  New Deviant
I respect you mate. I have a ton at my school and that's ok cuz there my friends.
BooMia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  New Deviant
There are no words to say how much this is to me thank you so much for making this.
StretchMyWhities Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We're here, we're queer, get used to it
latiosfreak Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
but what if we are already are used to it?
AnimeOtaku24 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  New Deviant
*cried herself to sleep* THAT WAS SOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!
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CheshiFox Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
You get all the hugs.
ricardovaras99 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
That was beautiful and i respect that.
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