Being gay isn’t everything, it isn’t all of me,
It isn’t who I sleep with (though my choices should be free),
It isn’t my haircut which incidentally I wear long,
‘I kissed a girl’ by Katy Perry is not my favourite song!
It isn’t something I can choose, or caught like a disease,
It can’t be changed by parents (who are still praying on their knees),
It isn’t hating all the men or burning up my bra,
It isn’t a deep and painful wound or an ugly scar.
It’s not an invitation to ask me what I do in bed,
Nor is it a fantasy inside some pervert’s head,
It’s not ok for men to ask if they can just ‘join in’,
It’s not ok to point and stare and tease and laugh and grin.
Being gay isn’t just who I love, it is just who I am,
It is an important part of me, it’s part of my life plan,
It makes me more determined to fight for equal rights for all,
It makes me more inclined to pick up others when they fall.
It is about the rainbow that is painted on my heart
Which inspires me to be my best and to play my part
In making this world a better place for everyone to be,
A place where being gay is about taking pride in me.
Beth James, 32, Maidstone