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Poem About Being Proud To Be Gay

I am 16 years old and live in Australia. My parents were bad people, so I was removed from them and placed in foster care. I've grown up my whole life taking one step forward, two steps back. But now with my realizations and friends, things are starting to pick up.

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I am 43 years old now. When I first realized I was gay, I was around 16. Looking at all the boys in the locker room and how they sized each other, I realized that I was falling in love. Now...

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I'm Gay


Published by Family Friend Poems January 2009 with permission of the Author.

I once loved one man, he took my only heart
and right there in front of me, he ripped it apart
I know he didn't mean to, and the fault is mine to blame
but the guilt and pain remains all the same
but now I understand why he ran away
now I understand why he didn't stay
he was afraid to love and afraid to take a chance
he was afraid to leave and make another stance
he was afraid to make his mark on society's wall
he was afraid to take a leap, as he could fall
he would have rather stayed inside that rotting jail
he rather stay with society, even though I paid bail
he made his mind and stayed with society
even though he had his chance to be free
so now as I sit outside society's dream
I linger like a nightmare, making people scream
they say it's just a phase, that I'll get over it soon
they say it's a disease, like the werewolf and the moon
but deep down in my heart, I know it isn't so
because I have to be strong, so I can show
people like the one man who threw me in a bin
that no matter how hard they try, we will never give in!
'cause what's the point of hurting us? so we can feel bad?
so we can understand what it's like to be sad?
well, we already know just how it feels
'cause it is so hard for us to reveal
that we like the same sex, and who really gives a damn?
'cause in the end we all still go all cold and clam
so who cares if I'm gay? I am proud to be
because in my world I take it as a victory
that I can make a choice and stand from the rest
be an individual and try my best
and kids at school may laugh at me and call nasty names
but you know what? it doesn't matter, it's all a game!
'cause later on in life they will suddenly see
that the reason I was gay was because it was me
so go on and call out names and raise your heads so high
but remember who I am, just before you die
remember that I was strong and managed to pull through
and remember that if I can do it, then so can you
so today I stand and say that I am proud to be gay
and if I had a choice... I'd have it no other way!


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  • George M Dow by George M Dow
  • 5 years ago

I am 43 years old now. When I first realized I was gay, I was around 16. Looking at all the boys in the locker room and how they sized each other, I realized that I was falling in love. Now that I'm a man, I know that I'm fully 100% gay. I want to be married to a man and call him my husband. I have a boyfriend and his name is Donovan. We have been together a year and 8 months. It took me many, many years to come out. When I decided to come out, I came out to my closest friends, and we are still friends today. Yes, along this path I have lost some friends, but I came to realize that those people were not my friends. They was just people who pretended to be my friends until they found out and then they decided to leave or only want to hang out with me if my boyfriend wasn't around.

  • Landon by Landon, AL
  • 10 years ago

This is really inspiring I am currently going through the situation but it's slowly getting better, this poem gave me chills made me be proud of who I really am.

  • Cynthia by Cynthia, Canada
  • 11 years ago

This poem really touched me, I absolutely love it. I am a 14-year-old bi girl. Only told one of my friends that and since she became weirded out and didn't share the same feeling, I cooped back into my closet again. I actually just discovered I am bi: last year when I started liking my best friend. I like how you are so confident and unafraid of coming out. continue writing!

  • Luis Saldivar by Luis Saldivar
  • 11 years ago

I love this poem because it really made me think about my life and how things are going for me. My parents recently found out that I'm gay and that I have a boyfriend and they just flipped out. My mom never looks comfortable around me anymore. People at school always tease me because I'm this way, but this poem is helping me see that I should be proud of who I am instead of just letting people push me around. Thank you so much CJ :)

  • Bruno Mora by Bruno Mora
  • 11 years ago

One day, this world will be fairest with the gay community. together we win!!! all the best

  • Spadge by Spadge, Yorkshire And Humberside
  • 11 years ago

Your poem made me cry...But in a good way mind. I am currently in between 'coming out' as they say and it is hard as my friends know, me mam knows, but I cannot tell mi homophobic sister.
I fell in love with a guy, but he ripped my heart when he said he didn't want me no longer. I can relate to the passion, your mixed emotions and understand where you are coming from in the poem.
But just to let you know, that as long as you have faith in you heart and believe in those 'happy ever afters' Love is on your side :)

  • Brieun by Brieun
  • 11 years ago

I love it...I truly love it. I wish other guys who are afraid to be gay could read this. It open doors and makes you think differently. I'm a girl though I'm heterosexual that doesn't mean I can relate to this poem in so many ways.

  • Daniel Aldana by Daniel Aldana
  • 12 years ago

Im just starting a relationship with someone, this poem has given me some advice thank you.

  • Tim by Tim
  • 12 years ago

I am a gay teen struggling on coming out to my family, this poem really helps a lot. Thank you for writing this poem! Hope to come out to my family one day soon.

  • Dakota by Dakota
  • 12 years ago

I didn't get to read the whole poem because I was ready to comment like the third line. I too am gay and I liked this boy for a very long time who is also gay and we have done stuff but he just won't date me. He ripped out my heart and killed me I will always have feelings for him:-( but don't feel bad you're not the only one.

  • Alexandra by Alexandra, Timmins
  • 12 years ago

Hi, I have a secret.
Did you want to hear it?
I get bullied. Yes, that's right, bullied.
At the mall, in the halls, in class.
The teachers don't do anything about it.
Oh, no they just stand around and watch while I sit there in humiliation.
It's not my fault.
I was born this way and I can't change a thing.
If I could I would.
Only because of the stares and the name calling.
I get pushed around a lot.
I try telling everyone I'm different just like they are from each other.
It just keeps happening.
My parents don't support me.
When I told them, they started to yell and kicked me out of the house.
Now I live with a bunch of random people.
I don't like them either.
They barely talk to me.
I just wish this would stop.
I want to die.
I don't want to live anymore.
I hate my life.
I keep asking God to just take me now.
But it hasn't happened yet.
I think I may say goodbye to this world.
But what's the point of even saying goodbye?
Nobody likes me.
They all think I'm a freak.
I bet they wouldn't even care if I died.
Either today, tomorrow, or in a year from now.
But wait.
If I am no longer a part of this world,
The one person I truly do love will cry.
I will not get to see her beautiful smile,
Nor hear her contagious laugh.
I won't be able to feel her lips touch mine,
Or even hold her hand.
People are so judgmental.
I was ready to give up everything,
All because the world knows I'm gay.

  • Reika by Reika, Homophobia USA
  • 12 years ago

Wow. I love this poem, and I'm actually about to go write one of my own I'm so inspired. I know how you feel. Coming out was hard for me, and I was actually used BECAUSE I am lesbian. But then I found the most perfect person ever. <3 At least it gets better.

  • Eugene by Eugene, California
  • 12 years ago

What a truly and absolutely beautiful composition! I just want to give you an amazing hug since you just wrote a poem about what my life feels like. Over the summer, I met the boy of my dreams and even though my heart fled in just a second, all I wanted was a hug to make the pain go away and even that was too much to ask for. It hurts, it really hurts, but it made me want it even more!
Our journey's just begun and there's only one way to finding true love, and that's by being ourselves - I will always be here sending you all the love I can and more!! Do it like he's already here.

  • Raero by Raero, Aus
  • 12 years ago

This poem really spoke to me... I really liked it... I wish I could go back in time a month or so with this poem and do it for a speech in my English class. It would've put so many people in their places...

  • Tim by Tim, Texas
  • 12 years ago

This story did really touch me because I am gay and very proud to be. It also touched me because a guy did the same thing to me. I understand the names and the constant "that's gay". it happens every single day and they all say I'll get over not realizing the meaning of what they say.

  • Tony by Tony, Alabama
  • 13 years ago

I am gay, love boys and men and my father hates me. I just came out of the closet and need guidance. I don't know what to do!!
Please help!!

  • James by James
  • 13 years ago

Thank you for this poem I feel exactly the same as you do. I love with all my heart and watched it being ripped up too many times. I'm 17 and already feeling the hatred of being bi x

  • Chris by Chris, NH
  • 13 years ago

omg I'm a fellow gay man and a can relate a lot and I believe you should be proud no matter what any one says I'm proud every day that I came out instead of hiding in the closet for the rest of my life I'm happier and every other closet person should come out to you'll feel better and more free

  • Valentina by Valentina, Long Beach California
  • 13 years ago

Wow CJ that was a nice poem and damn I'm glad that you are happy to tell people you are gay that's cool I've tried to my help my friends come out the closet and not be afraid of what people say about them but they're to scared. I also told my foster mom about me being bi and they took it to the head and now they make fun of me but whatever, so yeah I know how you feel and sorry that the guy broke your heart:(

  • Kris by Kris, West Virginia
  • 13 years ago

Hey CJ that was an awesome poem! I write as well but I haven't read something so beautiful and have so much feeling as yours. See I am a lesbian and have gone through something like you but not quite. I have come out and have been out for about three years now. I am so glad you could write about your experience. Its hard and I can relate, I am glad you weren't threatened by society.
Keep writing, you are very good

  • Mia by Mia
  • 13 years ago

I know what you went through. I'm a girl, and I liked this one girl, A LOT. Well, she told me she didn't care what her parents thought, but when they found out, she pointed the finger at me. Told me it was my fault. That's how many people found out at my all-girls school. It sucked. But I am proud of who and what I am, and nothing can change that. :) I made better friends through that, and I am happy now.

GAY PRIDE! *puts up fist*

  • Bianca by Bianca, Queensland
  • 13 years ago

This poem has really hit home for me. I'm bisexual and I have a girlfriend, but I'm afraid to tell my dad and mum. I've come out but only to friends and my brother but my parents are still in the dark. This poem has proven that I need to tell them and that even if they can't accept me for who I am, I'll be happy I don't have to try and hide who I truly am from them.
Thank you for showing me that there are other people going through similar problems.
I'm not sure how to go about telling them.

  • Jeremy Mouser by Jeremy Mouser
  • 13 years ago

Wow! That's all I can really say. I mean I know how it feels to have a guy that you loved rip your heart out of you're chest. And to run away for fear of what people would say about him. This poem brought a tear to my eye. And I never cry But yet after I read it I did a little. :) It's a sad poem but yet it's also a really good one.

  • Nounou by Nounou
  • 13 years ago

thank you for this poem. I'm proud that some people have the courage to say who they really are which is something I can do never ever.

  • Cassia by Cassia, Wichita KS
  • 13 years ago

I love your poem! It makes me feel a lot better about myself. I am 16 year old lesbian and I have a hard time convincing my family that I'm still me. That it's okay. I get teased at school sometimes but it has come to my understanding that the younger generation is more accepting than our parents or grandparents. I have friends that get me through and I am proud to be gay! Thanks for the insight;)

  • Emily by Emily
  • 13 years ago

Omg this is beautiful!! Don't let anyone touch you, you are a great person. I'm a bi girl and its hard because no one knows or gets how weird it is for me at sleepovers and things like that. Your poem is inspiration. Thank you SOOOO much!!!

  • Jake by Jake
  • 13 years ago

This poem is sooo nice I can really relate to it because I also was removed from my parents and put into foster homes and my first love absolutely shattered me and yea being gay has its ups like having a guy to hold you when you are upset and it also has its downs like the name calling but really its worth it

  • Paul by Paul
  • 13 years ago

This poem was amazing. You really hit hard on the core matters that homosexuals go through. As I read it I smiled because one upon a time I felt the same way. It gets better...

  • Natasia by Natasia, Anza CA
  • 13 years ago

my name is natasia. I really enjoyed this poem. I myself am bi and I know how it feels to be teased and seen as an outsider. But I am also a Christian. Though my walk with God has just begun, He gives me the strength to move on everyday. Some people say it is against God's word to be with the same sex, well it is, but God will forgive us of our sin if we believe in him. so I don't plan on changing who I am, then I wouldn't be me. I'm happy that you were able to get past everyone else's opinions.

  • Carie by Carie
  • 13 years ago

I am nowhere near gay, bi, or lesbian but it is really brave of you to come out and show people the true you and I respect you for that.! Lol.

  • Martin by Martin
  • 13 years ago

Wow. This poem was amazing. I am bi but I don't have the courage to admit it. I have a wonderful boyfriend and I love him so much! He just finds it upsetting how I'm more concerned about what others think... I always feel bad about that, but, I'll always be with him. <3 Forever and always.
I hope I can come out soon (:

  • Antoine by Antoine
  • 13 years ago

I really love this poem, I'm gay && out with it && I love it I wouldn't want to have my life no other way...2 thumbs up. . :-)

  • Tori by Tori, Statesboro
  • 14 years ago

WOW!!! I am a 17 year old bisexual girl and I have come out to my family and they were 50 time angry with me but I didn't get treated like this.

so, this really touched me. no I'm not gay, but my brother is. and so is my best friend. and it makes me angry when people find it necessary to put you down, especially when my dad does it. its not anyone's place to judge you, and you made that really clear. I absolutely love it.

  • Wade Shepard by Wade Shepard, Duchesne
  • 14 years ago

Nobody knows that I am gay. It just happened. I saw the man that I would fall in love with. Now I am alone in this world as a gay.

  • D by D
  • 14 years ago

Hey, I really liked you're poem, and even though I don't consider myself anything, it got me thinking about my sister. A couple I don't know months ago, she told my mom that she was bi. My mom totally reacted like I thought she would. She kept telling her that it was gross and wrong and that it was against the bible. I never said anything, which I think I should of. It made my sister extremely upset. Now she says she isn't bi because she hated the way nobody would talk to her. My brother was grossed out..along with my stepdad. Me on the other hand. all I have to say is I don't care. Gays are human just like the rest of us. Nobody is perfect no matter what. I am proud of you for writing this and speaking out against what you feel on the inside, because nobody knows except you!!!

  • Hunter by Hunter
  • 14 years ago

Hey, I read this poem and it touched me. I am gay, and I am going through something close to this. It is more of an inside struggle than outside. But reading this poem helps, and who knows? maybe I will come out soon. Thanks CJ

  • Mike by Mike
  • 14 years ago

This poem is really touching. I am in a similar situation and really respect you for speaking out about it.

  • Mark by Mark
  • 14 years ago

This poem was wonderful, someday I hope that I'll have the courage to be me. Your poem really touched my heart, so keep writing.

  • Tiffany by Tiffany
  • 14 years ago

I know how you feel and honestly I'm glad you wrote this because even though straight guys and girls wont read this when they do they need to know what we go through on a daily basis... I go to a school were everyday i am discriminated against and i to am starting to make my stand because i am tired of the name calling and biblical testimonies saying I'm going to hell... All i have to say is i am proud to be gay and no one in this world can change that fact. Hang in their and one day the world will see us as equals and not as GAYS!

  • Joey by Joey
  • 14 years ago

I'm really glad you wrote this poem it is an excellent poem. I'm looking for poems because I have to go in front of my class and present and with this poem I feel so confident now. You have an amazing talent. keep writing I want more poems from you. and sorry about the whole bad family situation I know just how you feel.

  • kevin ryan by kevin ryan
  • 14 years ago

Sorry, but this is not art, it is therapy. Be careful, we have all had sorrows heaped upon us and to wallow in them is to forget that we are luckier than most people living on Earth today.
Remember, in Shakespeare's time the death penalty was enforced for sodomy. Yet the quality of the gay's poetry is sublime. They managed to forge great beauty in the furnace of great difficulty.
They were lucky in one sense: That the great ghettos of victimhood were still unbuilt. Many good and happy days to you x

  • Roni by Roni
  • 14 years ago

I can really relate to this poem because I went through the same exact thing. It really makes me happy that I'm not the only person in the world that's been through this like I thought I was. lol

Proud to be Gay! <3

  • sister by sister
  • 14 years ago

I love your poem, I can understand what your going, no I'm not gay or lez or bi, but I know because I have a gay friend and he went through the same thing. I support gay marriage because its about love not gender, and I'm proud you are happy being gay, being who you are. this poem really did touch me because it reminds me of my gay friend, and I'm proud of him for the same reason, he's happy being gay and he doesn't care what people say. I'm proud of you too.

  • imanuella by imanuella
  • 15 years ago

I really love this poem. I wish more people had the courage that this guy does. and hopefully one day everybody will realize that being gay or lesbian doesn't make people bad, just different..and that's what makes our world such a beautiful place

  • Nick Smith by Nick Smith
  • 15 years ago

I feel like this a lot and it has touched me because I have had people make fun of me for being gay and say all kinds of hurtful things, but I still stand strong even though I crumble every now and then. I really can relate to this poem!!

  • Janelle by Janelle
  • 15 years ago

this poem really touched me. I mean I'm not going through not even the closest situation but I'm glad that your coping well with it more people should have the same courage that you have .

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