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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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:iconcrazywierdgurl66:
crazywierdgurl66 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
Awesome poem.Komari Kamikita (Clapping) [V4] 
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GH0STWATER Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant
<3
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VictimToFate Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I just love this so much
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CatSheepFluff Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
So beautiful...you are an amazing writer. Gays need support, they are people after all! :)
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constableofravens Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful and touching. So glad to see it receiving support. I'm very gay and very proud, and happy to be in such good company!
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Tigerguns Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful poem.💕
I'm bisexual.
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snowythewolf1987 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
It's sad that people say being gay is a sin -_- people these days...
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:iconsnowythewolf1987:
snowythewolf1987 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
So cute and sad
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nyanpeanut123 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I'm bi.
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chasingxaimee Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Writer
That was absolutely amazing! So real, and so important. I'm openly bisexual, and have been for many years now.

This is great. :)
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NeonTheBlueDragoness Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Being pansexual and always a little hesitant to show it in my real life, I can relate to this poem and I can say it is a very lovely piece. <3 Good job. 
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RainbowDash1104 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
This made me cry so hard. everyone should read this and understand. I'm gay too and it's just so hard to tell it somebody in thsi world full of hate... This poem is so fucking awesome, because it says nearly everything about gay people. Best job on this fucking world. well done <3<3 Lgbt pride ^^
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LacyBlueMaxi Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, I'm straight but bi-curious adding this to my fave well though off :) Two years ago entry but loved it even so
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EmikoLove18 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not gay but I'm bisexual. And I came out a while back but now I am not allowed to have female friends over nor am I allowed to have female friends sleep over nor am I allowed to sleep over at female friends houses. Explaination? I am bi. That's what I was told.
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colon-empire Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How about male friends? I mean, it's not like they can restrict you from talking to everyone.
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EmikoLove18 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
 Same with males considering I am bi. But here's the thing. I have a girlfriend. Why would I do anything to my friends(who are mostly straight) when I am with someone who I love dearly? And I'm not some girl who touches and messes with other ppl.
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colon-empire Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's true, it's just hard to understand why your parents don't want people coming over. It's not like because you're bi that you like EVERYONE you see (and just as you said, you're in a committed relationship and wouldn't cheat)

Sorry about that, it will be okay though ;/
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EmikoLove18 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Yuups, that is what I told them. They still are strongly enforcing this rule. And I hope so. I'll be leaving the nest in two years so by then I hope to have much more freedom.that devious smile 
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Nova-star12 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not gay myself but this poem wassodamn beautiful!! You really have an amazing talent!! I couldn't stop shouting " hallelujah there are kind people in this world!" I mean really, this is so deep and emotionally rattling that I cried and laughed out of the joy of knowing that sweet, caring kind hearted people like you roam the earth. Thank you so much!
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angelichope Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
This is a poem the whole wide world should read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!XD
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Livsya Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
I'm not gay myself, but I really felt this poem, so deeply. I can only imagine how hard it would be to come out, but being the real you must be worth it. Great poem, I hope that more people are accepting and loving of the LGBT community. Sending you a big hug!Heart Huggle! Heart 
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supershadowhuntr95 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not gay, but I have quite a few friends that are, and this is amazing. 
Keep doing what you do - this is beautiful.
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ErictheLucario Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am gay. 
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AlleahAkiakane Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Student General Artist
So true!
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MintySunflower20 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!
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JojoZiggy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  New Deviant Student Photographer
This is Amazing! 
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zoeyaugust1245 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Student General Artist
This is amazing. Preach it,
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tiffanyseeker Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
OMG I'm crying so hard right now, this is so beautiful!Heart 
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Cornsnake88 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  New Deviant
This is great and inspirational, I'm not at all surprised by the support it has received.
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Nova-star12 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Not even close to surprising me! It was beautiful!!!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Silver-Shimmer Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
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 Deviant 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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snowythewolf1987 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
Toast
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Jewel-kits Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional 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 Deviant 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 Deviant
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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