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 co worker
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.
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!
Fly the rainbow high!
-Empolos The Gr8
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
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!
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.)
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.
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
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
This is great!
Being gay is perfectly fine.
You are great.