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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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Nellisluv1814 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
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 
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MIKUMIKUDANCE-MODELS Featured By Owner Edited 4 days ago  New member
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Phelice Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, I love it!
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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~! ^_^
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SpikeyMacksy Featured By Owner 13 hours ago
Oh my god. People need an education.
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MsAnnaKay Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful.
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Fameisdead Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome poem :3 thank you for writing this <3
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Botdfloverfan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  New member
I hope the best for you. And a very beautiful poem. Stay strong. 
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kittyrinbow Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Artist
wow very nice 
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Aryana70 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is lovely. :aww: I support gays, and I really need to see other people like you. :hug:
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