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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.

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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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Staby-McStabberz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so beautiful ;v; :hug:
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stephanieboxer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
lovely, where did you find this?
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crywanker Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  New Deviant
she wrote it!
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roxy538 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, thank you for this master piece. Trust me I know how it feels.
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Seleneboxer Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
This is so true..so many seem to hate those that love in a way not their own.  So many preach hate in the name of a god that's supposedly one of love.

Fly the rainbow high!
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TheDollOfDespair Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so Wonderful..
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Aquastar2504 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This is lovely.
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YouAreCool10 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Love it!:D
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SophieDereal Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
So true!...
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Nightcat7 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
When I come out in am totally using this
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DoseiaiHidan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this.

You deserve a Tem. TeM i SO ExCiTeD 
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QLDMT33 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
People need to realise that gay/lesbian/ts people exist and have existed throughout history. Its part of humanity. We shouldnt fuss if someone is gay or not, but just accept them for who they are. All it needs to be is an acceptance of them and move on. Inspiring
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author92 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't hate those who are different, for you are different from them and they need not hate you.
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SasukeUchihaxSakuraH Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not gay but I do see the truth in your poem. Stay Strong.
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Empolos Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  New Deviant
Interesting read. I wish I were gay. 

-Empolos The Gr8
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HawkFrostDM Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
This is cool. Great. I'm not gay, but I know people who are, and I have nothing against them. I just wonder why some hate others because of who they love. Do what you do and love who you love as long as it's no harm to anyone, and let others do the same. That's my philosophy.
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Haisekki Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student Writer
This was amazing.
I don't exactly appreciate labeling myself like this, but I'm a pansexual and reading this just inspires me and touches my heart. 
I am also happy that after reading this description that there was a lot of love and support in it. 

I'm not exactly a religious person so I don't understand why people think it is a sin, but I appreciate that you pointed out that you are also a human being just like them. 
This was amazing, beautiful and heart-warming.

//spams favorite button and breaks it
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MidgardMar Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I open this just for curiousity and all I can see is repetition and negativity. Sorry to say, but this is not the way!
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Indigo-InSaNiTy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The end is "and that's okay" so how is that negative?
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MidgardMar Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Such a small detail in comparasion with everything you wrote.... I'm not arguing on that, just let it be! Consider that i was not around.
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Indigo-InSaNiTy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not the author of the poem, I was just curious on what you meant by that... but yeah, it is a small detail. There was and still is a good amount of prejudice towards gay people, and the poem was kind of saying "but I'm still human even though I'm treated differently" but at the end you can see that they've accepted themselves despite all of the hardships.
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MidgardMar Featured By Owner Edited Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I didn't paid attention to whom I replying. I thought that is the author. 
So, the women are prone to be gay since little child! A bunch of mess in those heads of yours and that's because heart is closer than mind. More feelings than logic. For men is the opposite...more practical than heartful. Being gay, no matter which side you are (male or female) just ignore the other side which you can not understand it. Maybe at first don't, but after many attempts the human nature is to protect themselfs and brain is chosing just what can understand ( feel safe, happy, etc).
I don't see something wrong in being gay, I see that as weekness.
Sorry for my english!
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Indigo-InSaNiTy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's fine. No worries :D

How are we "prone to be gay?" I don't remember being born gay- in fact, I was so sheltered that I knew nothing about homosexuality until I was 11 or 12, and then it took me a few more years to even realize that I liked girls. I had crushes on guys because it was the default thing for me to do as a girl. And every time I take the Myers-Briggs personality test, I get INTP, which is the most logical of the personality types. It's true that women tend to be more emotional than men, but that is completely unrelated to the concept of sexual orientation. In fact, some gay women are quite masculine- would that, to you, mean that they think practically rather than emotionally, even though you think emotions play a part in being gay? (Though definitely not all of them, that is an untrue stereotype.) I understand where you say that women and men don't understand each other because they think differently, but that doesn't stop the majority of the world, the straight people, from being straight. We're gay because, well, we're gay. We don't know why, but it's not because we don't understand the opposite sex. In fact, I don't even understand most women. This isn't our brains "protecting us", rather our brains just being wired differently for whatever reason. (One theory states that epigenetics, which is the one I have the most faith in, is the cause for homosexuality.) And it's certainly not a weakness. If anything, we gays are strong for being able to come out be proud of it, like the author of this poem.

Don't worry, your English isn't bad. Believe it or not, it's better than how a lot of native English speakers type! 0.o (and it's infinitely better than my French, which is my second language.)
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GamGamze Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
True pe9ple sh9uldent 6e judged 6y h9w they live there lives.
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Avatul37 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Sorry to bad English)
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Avatul37 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015

Hello! I not gay, but a poem touched strings of the soul! Close to authorial text I translated him into the Russian language. Decided to acquaint you. Automatic translators in the internet translate not exactly, therefore do not reprobate strictly) I did it with kind aims, that society perceived gays the same citizens and secured their rights for love, let this love and "special", non-standard and clear not all. If will settle, I will publish Russian translation in the social intern-network. It an absolutely noncommercial project, I am a not merchant, simply wanted to make happy friends and like-minded persons. Among my friends there are gays, and their problems worries me. In any case, I remain the admirer of Your talent.


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Да, я — гей! — не болезнь! не проблема!

Я не бедствие, и я не псих!
Я не жертва чужих устремлений!

Не хочу отвечать за других.


Да, я гей! Ясным днём. Тёмной ночью.

Чей-то друг, одноклассник.  Вполне
Может быть, мы знакомы немножко,

Но не всё знаешь Ты обо мне?


Да, я гей! Без любви я страдаю,

А любить могу так же, как вы!

Я иду — и улыбки считаю,

Жду поддержки и встречной любви.

 

Да, я гей! И дружить я мечтаю!

Жду объятия дружеских плеч!

Как и все, без поддержки, не знаю,

Равновесие как уберечь.

 

Да, я гей. И семья мне не чужда.

Осужденье — как в сердце копьё!

Понимание ваше мне нужно.

И — терпимость. Куда без неё?..

 

Да, я гей. Все меня ненавидят.

Я познал и гоненья, и боль.

Отчего люди часто не видят

Как устроена в мире Любовь?!

 

Да, я Гей! Я прошу всех смириться

С тем, что парня возвёл я в мечту!

Как и вы, я мечтаю влюбиться!

А на зло отвечать не хочу!

 

Да, я гей. Ненавидеть умею,

И не стоит «спускать всех собак»

На меня и друзей моих — геев.

Да, я гей! И простите, коль что-то не так.

 

24/XII-2015, 21:30, Щёкино
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Yes, I - hey! it is not illness! not problem!
I am a not calamity, and I am a not loony!
I am a not victim of stranger aspirations!
I do not want to be responsible for other.

Yes, I - hey! By a clear day. By dark night.
Somebody's friend, class-mate.  Fully
Maybe, we are acquainted a bit,
But is not everything known by you about me?

Yes, I - hey! Loveless I suffer,
And I can love the same as you!
I иду - and smiles I count,
I wait support and meeting love.

Yes, I - hey! And to be friends I dream!
I wait the embrace of friendly shoulders!
As well as all, unsupported, I do not know,
Equilibrium how to protect.

Yes, I hey. And family is not alien me.
Conviction - as in a heart spear!
Understanding your needs me.
And is tolerance. Where without her?.

Yes, I hey. All hate me.
I got to know both persecutions and pain.
Why people do not see often
How arranged in the world of Ljubov?!

Yes, I - Hey! I ask all to reconcile oneself to
With that a fellow was erected by me in a dream!
As well as you, I dream to fall in love!
And on an evil to answer - I do not want!

Yes, I hey. I am able to hate,
And it is not needed to "down all dogs"
On me and my friends - gays.
Yes, I hey! And I am sorry, коль something not so.


24/XII - 2015, 21: 30, Щекино

With kind regards, LEX, Russia

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TheWhiteDragon9 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Student Artist
This is absolutely amazing, great work!!
Hug Nod Applaud fella (Reactions) Day86 - Gay Pride zackpupreallywantplz 
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QuantumEntity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly fantastic, a poem thick with flavor and passion; I love it, great work! 
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YoloToTheStars Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. Just yes.

This is great!

Being gay is perfectly fine. 

You are great. 
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AnimeAndalite Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, I love it
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BreeBree135 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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twistedpaw63363 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  New Deviant
This is beautiful! I love this, and to every gay in the world: have this hug from all of Deviantart 5 seconds hug 
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NerdyCapricorn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why I'll probably never come out. My dad would murder me
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MatthewJamesOsborn Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Student Writer
That was great poetry 
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Deyneelicious Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing, just amazing
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paztelboy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Student General Artist
this is beautiful! <3
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BWSMILE Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm gay and I really needed this because so far people have been treating me like I need help or that I don't know what i'm doing but I don't need help and I know what I'm doing! And I fully support you and other people out there that are gay I just wish other people had the same view as me and gave me the same support
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Peilinsirpale Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
This is cool. Great. I'm not gay, but I know people who are, and I have nothing against them. I just wonder why some hate others because of who they love. Do what you do and love who you love as long as it's no harm to anyone, and let others do the same. That's my philosophy.
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Luisbo258 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Student Writer
Like it!
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MsSpookiSpider Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
magnificent, wonderfully penned, all around amazing!
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BWSMILE Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Beutiful
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MetaphoricDragonfly Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
that is an amazing poem!!! I hope things are going well for you now!!! :hug:
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p0k3m0nn Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work bro, I myself am bi but yet for some reason people seem to stay away from me. Haven't done anythin wrong, but hey, it's kind of how life works. Never turn back and don't give up. Spread the love.
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Neonboomboom Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is unbelievably true. If I could, I would give u credit and let u show the world this.
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TidalwavePrime Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist
And it is a shame that people who are not "normal" need justify themselves to be accepted and even then not from all.

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I would not judge for who you are because everyone is different but in their own ways. Don't give up on being gay because there is nothing wrong with it people just judge for what or who you like but don't let that control you, you chose being gay and SO WHAT! What I've learned so far in life is that you don't judge a book by its cover. This poem it straight from your heart and that's what matters. Be gay I don't care. It doesn't matter to me. Don't stop being who you are because it doesn't matter if you are gay or not. This goes for everyone
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Peilinsirpale Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
"you chose being gay" - Actually, it's not something you choose. It's at least partly inborn, and a person can control it as little as anyone has control over who they fall in love with.
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Phinabellafan1253 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
That's what I meant
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Peilinsirpale Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
Ah, okay, then.
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Phinabellafan1253 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
Yeah
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