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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.

Copyright © Iiae Hess | Year Posted 2012

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  1. Date: 6/22/2016 11:32:00 PM

    good to read again....skat
  1. Date: 7/31/2012 11:38:00 PM

    A late congrats *luv* Skat
  1. Date: 7/29/2012 9:30:00 PM

    Iiae, i'm a little late,, but I'm here to .. Congratulate all my sisters winners.. Your entry was deep and straight forward. Thank you for supporting my sisters contest.. have yourself a good night~XOX~TEX
  1. Date: 7/27/2012 9:00:00 PM

    Congrats, Iiae. Outstanding. Great job. Nice going. Kudos. Ralph
  1. Date: 7/27/2012 11:43:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in the "Give It To Me Straight" contest Iiae. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 7/25/2012 11:29:00 AM

    Congrats on your win Iiae Hess...this is very straight forward...I dig that & it's really OK...TC!!!
  1. Date: 7/25/2012 4:15:00 AM

    Iiae super congrats on your win, excellent write...welcome and keep writing..David
  1. Date: 7/13/2012 5:50:00 AM

    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you Iiae. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 7/13/2012 1:47:00 AM

    Nicely done poem Iiae! Strong message!
  1. Date: 7/12/2012 9:03:00 PM

    Your poem is courageous, honest, and much needed...indeed, you're right, "and that's okay."
  1. Date: 7/12/2012 4:46:00 PM

    ‡ Coconut Wine & Pineapple Cream Pie, Two Of My Very Favourite Treats, My Dear Sweet Beautiful Girl * I Am Proud Of You & Your Lovely Poem * I Find This & These Words For I Would Venture To Say The Better Part To Be Quite True * So Stay Beautiful Precious One * My Luv to You, Rachel ‡
  1. Date: 7/12/2012 4:27:00 PM

    Yes it's OK... even though it can be a struggle... Good poem... Terry (I'm not sure whether you are 'coming out', but in any case, I'm happy you are 'coming into' PS, and hope to see more of your work)