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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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BabyHero 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
FallenAngelOfDeath63 Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I Want to do i hug you and say you and me both 
GShepherd17 Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I may not agree with this particulary. But that dosent mean no one should hate you for it. Does not make you a bad person.

People need understand that 'not agreeing' does not mean 'hate'.
Honestly its not our place to judge another.
I can't even imagine all the horrible things that you face everyday... I don't think I would be able to survive. It's not fair that you all have to go through this bullshit. It's not like you chose to be gay or that it's some mental illness or disease. It's just a part of who you are. I know I have no right to say this because I have NO idea what it's like to get beaten down by the whole world, but you are all so incredibly strong and beautiful people! I don't think that I would be able to be as strong and courageous as you all are...

Everyone deserves to love and to be loved, and I hope you all find that special someone in your lives, whether they are the same sex or not. You strength inspires me to keep on hoping in this fucked up world, and to keep on going no matter how hard it gets.
xRebornAgain46x Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
i still havent come out to my family... 
Lalunabluena Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why though?
xRebornAgain46x Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
highly religious and i dont want to be abandon by them
asiamydog Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Katysan Mar 2, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I loved this this is exactly what I'm trying to tell people!Proud to Serve Girly Love 
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