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Are you gay?

The question at first startled me.
Speechless, unsure what I could say.

Are you gay?

The second time it was asked and I was silent
I had heard it before, but just earlier that day.

Are you gay?

Each time it was asked it filled me with shock.
What did it matter either way?

Are you gay?

When it was asked for the last time, I was at a loss.
Should I lie or lay in the bed I had made?

I am gay.

Maybe I am too young to know,
But this is what my heart wills me to say.

I am gay.

Maybe it is foolish to say so,
Yet it would be true to this day.

I am gay.

There can be hate or they can embrace.
I won't waver either way.

I am gay.

So accept or reject, get to know me or ignore me,
The choice on that, and only that, is yours to be made.
This was inspired by a question on dA from :iconpalone-omi:, whom asked that when I commented on her meme.

I have been asked a total of four times if I was gay and it actually effected me. The first time was by a class mate that barely knew me. Then by one of his friends. The third time was by someone I thought was a friend. After it became apparent he was a homophobe, our friendship fell apart. The most recent and both bothersome was when a relative that I'm not really close to asked. I was completely at a loss.

I am a grand fifteen, turning sixteen, and at this age, everyone is gay or bi. Maybe not everyone, but a lot of people are questioning. Yet, it feels like it's true, so I'm just saying yes from now on. Take me as I am or lose someone that could be a great friend.

Poem(c)Me

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed.

Edit

Wow, thank you everyone. This is the first time I've gotten such warm feedback and from so many. I'm honored. When I signed on and saw how many I had...I don't think I've ever been this happy. Thank you. *goes off to cry happy tears like the loser I am*

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Wow, this got on the front page. Anyone get a screen image of that? :XD: I kid. I'm just shocked and really, really happy. Thanks to everyone. I really, really love you all. ^_^

Also, I feel like an uber huge jerk for this, but I may not be able to thank everyone whom :+fav:'d this. DA keeps thinking I'm spamming and it's taken me forever to get as many done as a have. I am gonna try, but if I don't thank you, I am so sorry. Your support means a lot to me. Thanks. :heart:
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:iconfredd13:
Fredd13 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2019
Nicely put. As a poem its great and easy to read.

You be you and that is all that should matter. Thank you for sharing :)
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TheEscape5657 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
POWER TO THE PEOPLE! idfk but seriously u are inspiring!
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:iconrelic-angel:
Relic-Angel Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gay or not, you're the same person either way. :huggle:
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
So true, and I just wish more people saw it that way. :3
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:iconrelic-angel:
Relic-Angel Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^0^ I do! I knew a friend from school who came out and announced she was into girls. This came as a shock to me because we'd known each other since kindergarten and she never told me till now. :wow:

I recently saw a video of her partner making a fool of herself, and I personally think she could do a lot better. ^^;
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
People can surprise you. I mean, I didn't come out to a lot of people until I was 15-16, and a lot of people, I still won't come out to.
xD Don't judge too harshly. A lot of my friends don't approve of my girlfriend, but I wouldn't trade her for the world.
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Relic-Angel Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:O_o:

:aww: Love is love no matter what age, race or gender, right?
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Yep. *nodnod* It's meant to be difficult, but each couple has their own reasons for it to be difficult.
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:iconrelic-angel:
Relic-Angel Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes. ^^;
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xXKyaliseXx Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I get asked this question at least once a day, and I'm just like, yeah, got a problem with it?
This poem is beautiful.

~ From your newest watcher!
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:iconhalberdesque:
Halberdesque Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
The correct response is: "...Are you asking me out?" XD
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
So true xD
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macman16214 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist
love it, everyword
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thank you so much~
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ozzyp Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it dosent matter, ones sexuality i meen;
you are who you are no ones bisnach but your own
the people that it bothers should just shove off stay how you are your great as you are "NO JOKE!!!!!"
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I quite agree. Who someone likes doesn't change who they are.
Even though I know that, I find myself questioning it as of late, so that you. :)
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ozzyp Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
im a 17 year old male with a shit-tun of friends and 1/2 of which are guy by or lesbian so ya sometime im called guy and it dosent bother me because i am me so stay you:)
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
You sound a lot like my Hinfallend. Most of our friends are gay, she's not, but if someone wants to call her gay/a dyke/whatever, she usually beams and says thanks. xD

Btb, thanks for the :+devwatch:
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:iconozzyp:
ozzyp Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ya im cool wit it i dont mind being original like today i walked 12 blocks to my house backwards ;)
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
xD I would fall if I tried that. I am more for running around and rolling down hills when the mood strikes me~
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:iconozzyp:
ozzyp Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol so fun
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organblower Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Galen, firstly, congratulations on accepting yourself as such a young age. I realize I'm late to the party and as if 937 comments weren't enough, I'm tossing in one more. "Gay? Who? Me." is genius. When I look at it, It sounds like one of J. S. Bach's organ preludes and fugues. It has balance and almost mathematical precision. You are to be congratulated. Oh wait! You have been.
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Thank you, but there are others more deserving of the congratulations. With such a great support network, it was easy for me.
Better late than never? Your support just shows anyone else reading this that there is someone who cares. :)
I have always been a fan of classical, so maybe that is where I get the measure from. ^^
Thank you again. <3
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WritersCreed Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Student Writer
This is... could I call it beautiful? Yeah, I think I can. Because it IS.

I want to say: Don't hide who you are, be proud! So what if you're gay? If people don't want to take you as you are, that's their friggin problem. But at the same time, I wonder.... what would I say if someone asked me? Someone who barely knows me and probably just ask because his/her friends were gossiping about it. What would I say? The answer is: I don't know. And that brings me to the awfully pathetic conclusion that I can't follow my own advice =.=

There's a good chance I'd just blurt out "Yeah! So what?!" without really thinking about it, I guess >.> Part of me wants to do that, but I'm also kinda scared of what consequences it might have >.>
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Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
^^U Thank you. That is really flattering to hear.

I've come to the point where I just go "I'm not gay. Girls are just beautiful." :hug: It isn't always easy to be honest with a stranger, especially when it is something they shouldn't be asking in the first place.

Screw consequences. If some busybody can't respect your privacy, you should do what comes natural. Just know that the disapproval of someone that barely knows you may sting, but it is better than lying to yourself.

Btb, thanks for the :+fav::)
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WritersCreed Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Writer
ur welcome :D

And you're right, one should never lie to himself >.>
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bythejerseyshore Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
I'm not gay, but when I read this it reminded me of my daughter coming home from school and people she didn't even know kept asking her if she was gay. I don't get it, who gives a s____! What does it matter. What these people should have said if they had a decent bone in their body is "hi, what's your name, and I would like to make new friends.
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
It is so insensitive that someone would do that. :no: I really give up on people. Whether someone is gay, straight, bi, pan, ace, or anything else is no one's concern unless they want to date said person. Asking a stranger is just so stupid. :| /rantended That aside, I hope that your daughter didn't get upset by those people. It is unfair to her.

and thanks for the :+fav:
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:iconnykiilynn:
NykiiLynn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Dude, Gay people rule =D wanna be my new best frand?? xD <3
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
:XD: Yay! I have a new best friend. <3

Btb, this comment totally made my day. Thankies~
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NykiiLynn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
your totally welcome =D i like making peoples day =D
and i love making new best friends, so its been an awesome day for both of us xD
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LucasRune Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Writer
Good job! Myself, I haven't been asked yet, which is just as well, to answer it truthfully I would have to say "I don't know."
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Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
:hug: The best part about life is you don't have to know. As long as you follow your heart...Though I know that finding a nitch, a place that fits you, is sometimes really great, finding where you belong is half the fun.

Thanks for the :+fav: ^^
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LucasRune Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Writer
:) You're welcome.
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HCWalsh Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
This poem made me feel like I'm not as alone as I tend to think sometimes~ I have never actually been asked... but it actually makes me feel really unconformable when girls I'm with ask me if I think a guy looks hot... I don't really feel like I can say no... then they start asking what kind of guy I do like... I'm not ashamed to be a lesbian, so I hate lying... But so many people are against it or uncomfortable about it.

I don't know why it matters, why do people have to know...?
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Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
:hug: A wise person once told me that we are all alone and in that we aren't alone, meaning that we're never quite as alone as we feel.
Honestly, I think never being asked is worse, because then you can't come clean even if you want to...

Because people need something to hate. At least, that is all that I can figure out.

Thanks for the :+fav: btb
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:iconhcwalsh:
HCWalsh Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
So true~:aww: Also, I kind of agree... It would be easier to just say yes over having to say I like girls not guys.

True... if not this, it's skin colour, religion, and so on... I can't imagine wanting to hate something!

Your welcome~ I love the poem~ The words have a lot of feeling in them that really make one think~:aww:
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Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Yea, but you'd still have to explain, because people never seem to get it the first time. "/

I can't either. I mean, live and let live. As long as it isn't directly influencing my life, what should I care about the business of others? I don't get why other people don't see it the same way.

Thanks again. ^^
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:iconhcwalsh:
HCWalsh Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Yeah... it's hard no matter how you have to tell people. If people where more accepting no one would have these problems~

I only really care if people are nice or not~ Also... even people that seem rude at first often are not... I think sometimes people are just scared and unconfident. So many people are so unsure in themselves that they have to judge others. It sometimes even makes me feel sorry for them... You miss so many good things in life when your closed to things that are different from what your used too~

Sorry for talking so much~ Thanks for listening~:hug:
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:iconmichiizkurereshkigal:
Lovely poem~
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Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
:) Thanks and thanks as well for the :+fav:.
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:iconmichiizkurereshkigal:
You're welcome
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sk8rchik96 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome piece! :D
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Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Thank you. I am still not sure how it managed to get so many comments. O.o:XD:

And thanks for the :+fav:/devcollect.
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sk8rchik96 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. :)

I think you deserve even more positive comments. ;P
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Arctic-RevoIution Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Photographer
Very amazing little poem <3
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:iconmuzica-chan:
Muzica-chan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Thank you. :)
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Nee-to Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Ahh, the feeling of wondering what orientation you are ^^ As a 16 year old, I'm pansexual. I have been since I was 5. :D I love both guys and girls, even though I like girls more. The fact that people find it nesicary (Sorry for spelling) to ask is aweful. I have been asked a grand total of 20 times (15 of which were in one day when I was in 8th grade, and wasn't out yet D: the rest were because me and my bestfriend are really close, and our only class together is gym class. We got asked if we were together a bunch XD But this is an amazing poem :) I'm so glad I read it. Keep writing, hon. The world needs people like you.
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