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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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LostinFragility Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
AvisWing  Remember your bioethics presentation... I found this on deviantart and found it both relevant and beautiful  :) 
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GhostMarowak Featured By Owner 6 hours ago
Very beautiful indeed! I'm a bi girl myself, and I've never had any problems with other people because of their sexual orientation, skin color, tastes, etc. Respect is something every human being wants, but not everyone deserves it... The people who try to insult others by calling them 'gay' or 'fag' (amongst many other bad things I'm not writing down here...) are in this second category. The hate isn't just for gay people, it applies to anyone who thinks and acts differently. It's unbelievable how many people still think of anyone with a different way of being as a 'virus' or someone 'abnormal' that should be isolated from the rest of the world. Even worse are the hypocrites, people who try to look good on the Internet saying they support gay marriage but make fun of one when they see them. Face it, people: we're living in an increasingly connected world, which, like it or not, contains people that won't agree with everything you say, and that have different ways of living and thinking. You're NOT making yourself look any better by treating other people badly. If you can't be tolerant, then I'm sorry, but you're the one with a problem. Humans are emotional beings made for love, not hate. Think about that.
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windlle Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
So true... People are so stupid for not supporting gay marriage
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Krazy935Group Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Awww, but people out there just don't understand.
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ArtIsLife666 Featured By Owner 13 hours ago
Right on! XD
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AliciaTestarossa Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I'm lesbian... but my parents are really religious.

Btw, congrats on your coming out! (even though it's like two years ago).
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M1dnightMuse Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
I am decidedly not gay.
fuck, I live in a Texas Christian Conservative house.
I am a wholehearted supporter of gay rights, I mean, like I said I'm not gay, but there is nothing wrong with loving someone the same gender as you.
'I am not a unicorn, I am a pony with a horn' -Kudzuhaiku, The Chase.
In the end, gender is only one aspect of who you are, when you love someone, you are not in love with them because they are or aren't of the opposite gender, you love them because of who they are as a person. The mind matters over the body.
I will never treat anyone any differently because of their sexual orientation, that's just petty.
The U.S. likes to think it is progressive, but I think it's pretty stagnant, see the CRC (Children's rights convention, held by the UN) Look at confederate states, look at the rural populace (I am not rural, but a lot of my family is.) Look at CA, now compare it to Texas, or Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, etc. The United states may be technologically advancing, but socially we're going backwards.

MIdnight likes the poem, and shares his thoughts. he wants to point out the pony avatar.
What's wrong with being a brony?
I get hate all the time because of my taste in technicolor ponies.
so what?

Midnight signs out.
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freebunny4u Featured By Owner 1 day ago
You are a gay.
what else can you do?
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PrivateCocky Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god this is beautiful!! I am bisexual, and that also gets a lot of hate. I have friends who are gay, and family, and people REALLY need to stop being so ignorant!! I applaud you on this wonderful poem!
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littlesoul92 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
This is really inspiring! Thank you! Heart 
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