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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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alvies-belvedere Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the most beautiful things I have read I a long time. This not only applies to gay people, but to everyone in general. Every sexuality, gender, race etc. should be treated as equal, should be loved, should be accepted. No matter what a person is, it only matters who they are by moral standards, and that is what people should be judged on.
If you're gay/straight, black/white/Asian/Latino, short/tall, health/sick, rich/poor etc. and everything in between, it DOESN'T MATTER. The ONLY thing that ever has, does and will ACTUALLY matter is who we are on the inside. No one is perfect, but anyone who is truly evil by CHOICE are the only people that do not deserve these things.
I presume that you are not you are not Adolf Hitler, so stand up for yourself! You, and anyone else that happens to read this, I am telling you right here, right now:
YOU DESERVE HAPPIENESS.
YOU DESERVE ACCEPTANCE.
YOU DESERVE LOVE.
YOU DESERVE A GOOD LIFE.
YOU DESERVE TO LIVE.
SO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF.
YOU ARE NOT A CURSE.
YOU ARE NOT A DISEASE.
YOU ARE YOU AND NOBODY ELSE.
And this goes for those of you that are not reading this too.

PLEASE, I BEG you, if you need help, if you need reassurance, support, advice, a helping hand, a friend, whatever, DO NOT hesitate to come to me. You know where to find me. Alas, I cannot help you if you don't ask, and I cannot make you ask, it is your choice. However, still remember this:
STAND UP FOR YOURSELF. YOU DESERVE IT. YIU DESERVE A GOOD LIFE.
Please don't doubt that.
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Sakura-Kurofodu Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  New member
muffins or cookies? #randompoll
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Nelreen Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
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!^^
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Nqsa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
And that's okay... for you.
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MartenMarten Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Beautiful.
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DreamLycan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing!!!
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Bloody9Rainbow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful ;^;
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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 
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MIKUMIKUDANCE-MODELS Featured By Owner Edited Jul 26, 2014  New member Student Filmographer
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Phelice Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, I love it!
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