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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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Silver-Shimmer Featured By Owner 2 days ago
i'm pansexual, and someday i'd like to come out to my parents, but i'm Muslim, so i don't really know where my parents stand on this kind of thing...
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monkglenn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
When I came out the first time, I didn't know the meaning of the term, as we didn't have anyone to learn that term from in the countryside where I lived. In my 12th year I had my first serious emotional relationship with a guy, but getting called "queer" and him moving away, well...then by 14 when I met Ronnie, I knew I was in love, but we had to do it in secret so I don't believe that was "coming out" except more people knew than ever before. I was about 16 when I met the older gay men of my home town, and got invited to the Din Din Club where I think I formally announced I was queer, and so "came out"--after that was blur...so "FAST FORWARD" sixty years and today almost a century later I'm telling you, "I'm Gay!" Coming out is a life long process. It's sort of fun sport for me. Coming out to my parents was the hardest to do and the least life changing, but I was rejected and lost my brother's good will when I came out to him. I LIKE YOUR POEM, only I would say, "I won't change" is a bit absolute, and although I know your meaning, I think something allowing for human growth and change could help the poem be more poetic at that verse, Otherwise< I love it.
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WolfPrinceMatt Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Nice job. LGBT PRIDE.
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Bobi200 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist
This is beautiful.Happy Cry 
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personanongrataX Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am a bisexual and this beautiful words affected me so much.
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TakenVortex Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is good to accept what you are, youre perfect how you are and dont forget it. you can like whoever you want and enjoy whoever you want. dont let others judge you for what you are because noone is better or worse than you stand tall friend, i know you will get all you need in life
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Toast-N-Knives Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm bi Big Fool Emoji-06 (Blush) [V2] 
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Jewel-kits Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Same :>
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Mia-the-cat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
I may not be gay, but you, sister, deserve all the love and respect in the world. Never back down or run away from who you are - even if the world doesn't agree. It is your own choice how you will lead your life, what you will do and to whom you will give your love. *hugs*
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pzkpfw-Vb Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Amen
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Yahtzeemaybe Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You never forget this no matter what happens!
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DarkUrsa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I hope so much you have found all the love and smiles and support you need <3
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blackjewel101 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is very beautiful, I'm from Iowa and have been raised by a very accepting family. I'm here for you, honestly, just by reading this I can tell its been hard for you and I respect you greatly for finding the courage to do this. There is nothing wrong with you, you're you and that's beautiful. People who are gay just have a different look on love. I'm proud to say that I have gay friends in real life and in all honesty, they're perfect the way they are.
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blaire-bear-boo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg! This is amazing, you made me cry it was so good! Everyone is human, so no one should be treated like an alien!
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Vixen-StarBlade33 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
My parents never understood. So I hid for years. I even got married. Biggest mistake of my life.
Take it from a veteran of living through physical, sexual, and emotional abuse... Hiding is never a permanent solution.
It drove me to suicide a little over a month ago. I couldn't take the lies any more. So now I'm in the middle of a nasty divorce.

Don't be like me. Don't hide so that you won't be alone. There are people out there that will love and accept you for who you are. You just have to look long and hard enough.

I wish I had. Four years of my life is gone, and I will never get it back.
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ShowEmTheRopes17 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  New member
I totally agree and I couldn't have said it better myself! Great Job:)
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Sacron22 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
terrific. well said.  bravo. 
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cjlittlefield9 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful!!! I actually cried a little. Heart +favlove 
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forty42two Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Do you know what sin is or are you just putting it in there?
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SFragov Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, this thing has no literary value. Populism at it's finest.
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Shiftwing Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Fucking preach it bro. Fucking, preach it
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timeywimeystuff13 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm bisexual but I haven't come out yet, and this is so beautiful. I'll need it soon, to help me come out to my parents.
People need to learn to accept that some people are different to them, and that that's ok. Thank you so much for writing this. And well done. :)
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Toast-N-Knives Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm bi and my parents know.

My mom is gay.

My dad is straight.

Hmmm.....seems legit.
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timeywimeystuff13 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah, that seems legit. :)

My mum would probably be fine with it, since she's pretty pro-LGBT rights (even though she gets a bit confused at times), and my sister will probably find out soon enough anyway, or already knows, since she follows me on dA. I'm not entirely sure about my dad yet though. I think he'd be ok, seeing as he did actually want to watch Pride, though I couldn't tell if he liked it and whenever we have discussions he either plays devil's advocate or agrees with the popular opinion (or no comment), so I'm not sure. And I don't want to come out irl till I'm sure.

But my friends will definitely be fine (two are bisexual, one is ftm transgender). And lots of people on the internet know. :) 
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Toast-N-Knives Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
ok
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pure-darkness7 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
wonderful poem. Society is stupid if they think love is hurting people. Gay people are hurting no one. Society is just a stupid control freak. Forget about society and stay strong.
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EpicBossBadger Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding Poem! I especially Love the Clever Wording in it to make it really stick and stand, for example: the way you started each section with      'I am gay' to point out that you really don't want to hide and that you aren't afraid to say what you are. I truly do love this poem, and I encourage you to make more! I also understand your frustration. I am pansexual, and I am indeed a girl with a girlfriend. Not everyone will accept me for who I am, but your poem is more than enough to explain how I feel. And I just want to say that I deeply Respect You!
                                                                                 
                                                                                                       :salute: 
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Contendo64 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"Who am I to judge?"
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GD1178 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Amazing poem
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ActorsandAccomplices Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  New member
This is awesome!
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ETHorrorGamer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I support Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, all of the above completely, even though I have been raised 15 years by a homophobic father.
In fact, I'm with my best friend who's now my "boy"friend, who's a polygender, I only told my group, and my mom (who fully support us and ship it) and I know, I can't tell my dad because from mental abuse he gives me everyday, will go to physical abuse, and constant lectures, and everything.

Its a bitch if you don't have good friends or parents.
And I wish it wasn't.
It's normal, no disgrace to it.
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MapleTea02 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
Hello, I-i bi and i ne-never told anyone, I'm afraid I'll be disowned and I'm a bi-big tomboy so my parent call me a dyke and they don't know bi,I am and it so-sorta of hu-hurts and I'm glad you have so-some to shi-ship you
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ETHorrorGamer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, it's kinda hard to really admit it, especially with people like cruel parents or others that are homophobic around you, I only told my mother out of the rest of my family, my brother doesn't have a problem with it, but he might say it on accident around my father, my grandmother is heavily chirstian (even told me I was raised wrong because I wasn't chirstian or wanted to be one), so she would go on about how it's bad, plus will also tell my dad, and you kinda already heard why I can't tell my father. For friends, I can't tell my friend Chris, because, he has a big mouth so, it would be risky, and I can't trust the other friends I have, because I'm worried they might spread it around at my school, and then it will make rumors, and from the small teasing I get, will get worst then it is. For people to always make jokes like "haha your so gay" or "that is so gay" or whatever, there's just so much hate on those kind of people. We all want love, what's so wrong with it? Love shouldn't be judge on color of skin, genders, sexualitys or anything, only if the people in the relation ship, are good for eachother and are true.

I don't wanna think about what your going through as of now, and how worst it's gonna be when you come out. But I do hope it won't be horrible, I do hope you will find someone you can love and be in a 'ship' with.
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MapleTea02 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I've only told one persons and she's bi to, and her and I never told anyone, and with my Christianity I don't think they would allow it, but I will one day admit it. Thanks for talking to me about this, and maybe I will say something. Your a great person for talking to me about this. Thanks
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ETHorrorGamer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It's good you have someone you can related to, and yeah, Christians (except for a small amout like a few of my friends) really don't like same sex couples or marriages at all, thinking its a complete disgrace to do so against god, your welcome though, its nice to really know your not the only one among 7 million or so people.
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MapleTea02 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, one day I'll come out and confess and if they don't like that they can't change who I love but yeah Christian religioun doesn't help much and yeah there's some people hiding within those 7 million people
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ETHorrorGamer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Same here, I'll someday tell my father off, and he can do crap to change me or 'unflaw' my life or take the one I care for away. And walk away fabulously X3
And yep, I'm pretty sure there are a lot heterosexuals in the world, just hiding somewhere
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MapleTea02 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
Yeah and flaws are great, when I tell my parents and if they don't like it I will walk off like a boss XD and good luck on telling your dad
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deviantXTYX98 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student General Artist
So true. =]
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ironic-macaroon Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
This is just amazing.. 
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Autistic4CatGirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I really wanna hit a certain someone in the comments for a certain very stupid and mean commentRage.. But whatever, this is great!
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Cookie71266 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
SO? What difference does it make!!?? We are all the same!!!! I'm pansexual (Google it if you don't know what it means) and I think eveyr gender is great!!! Keep it up!! Don't let anyone put you down!!!!
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kira-456 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, at the end of the day you can identify as you want to, but we are all humans and deserve respect. I identify myself as pansexual too, but my sexuality is just a little part of myself, I'm more than that. If only people understood that :/ Cheers darling, I just wanted to add my opinion to your comment.
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Cookie71266 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I agree. Some people think that being anything but straight takes away from your life, and focus on 100% of the time. Just because we're different, doesn't mean we deserve any less respect. BTW, thanks for replying! :3
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Beaxbeactrice Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
love this
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etheleldra Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
This should be all over the place. I hope you posted this on all social media you are member of. It is great for people to openly accept this and anyone who says otherwise needs to get a life.
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DuckTheFoot Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I hate when people are judging gay like it's something that they chose.
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Ask-Toy-Chica-2015 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know, In my religion, this is a sin, but good job!
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HitlerKiller66 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Time passes fast when you're a faggot
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ThePixelatedFedora Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  New member
This is amazing. Jake crying plz 
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