The high Court gave us the right to marry,
Nuptials some politicians promise to rescind.
Some companies now hire us, open as we are,
Some justify religion, their “sincerely held” beliefs and values, for us to deny.
If their religion’s “sincerely held” beliefs and values oppose our lives and loves,
Then how can they believe in the values of their religion?
We raise bright and curious young people,
Hoping to bring forth a generation not tainted by the past.
But still, some warn that we corrupt, recruit, and “groom,”
That we pose constant dangers to the young.
They push to restrict talk of our lives and our histories,
The telling of our stories out of and in school.
They place our books on censored lists,
And indict parents who affirm gender transitions.
And though we wish to lead our lives with integrity and honesty,
They use our bodies as fodder for their advancement.
They stereotype and they scapegoat,
Using tropes of fear promoting their hate.
They stand as enablers and accountable co-conspirators,
Promoting harassment, violence, and murder.
These politicians, clergy, community and school officials,
All those who target and see us as “other.”
Those who advance bigotry with their words and their actions,
Who bash with legislation and decree.
They activate the hate each day against us,
Their verbal weapons enable warped minds in taking up arms.
And gun violence, to paraphrase Einstein, can be defined as:
Legislators doing nothing over and over and expecting different results.
But we will accept no longer their hate-filled words,
We will accept no longer their hate-inspired actions.
We continue to fight efforts legislating us out of existence,
Into second-class citizenship instilling their “values” into law.
And we will not accept framing themselves as victims,
When we challenge distorted views of our lives.
Their time for bullying has come to an end,
They no longer intimidate and scare us.
We are standing up, joining together with loyal allies,
As upstanders, putting an end to intolerance.
Putting an end to hatred ending in violence,
To stop the deaths of so many innocent gentle spirits.
So, I say to the naysayers and to the bigots,
Go define yourself, for we will not allow you to define us.
Since I see a major element of liberation,
Is having the freedom to define ourselves.
And yes, love is love,
And our love will void the hate.
For we created a community,
A community strong.
No more dark and dank closets,
We hide no longer.
Closets are for drab suits and red feather boas,
For track shoes and the highest of high heels.
So, strike up the band, lip sinkers get poised,
Strike out the pain and strike regrets.
Yes, we’re here and we’re certainly queer,
And we wear whatever we wear with pride.
And come along with us or find your own path,
As we strive for progress in unity and solidarity.
And ask yourself a vital question:
Years from now, how will history judge you?
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