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Offline kimmy

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Re: LGBTQ Culture
« Reply #120 on: June 16, 2021, 12:52:55 am »
I think this is a very common experience for young people, growing up same sex attracted. Shame seeps into your pores and becomes part of you.

Pride says no to that. Pride says, I am who I am. Pride says, “get this shame off my skin, get it out of me, I love who I love..."

"I am not ashamed."

Pride is defiance, it is boundaried, it is the “**** you” to every homophobe who ever tried to bully and harass me

I nearly burst with pride, lying on the banks of the river with my friend in the sunshine of a late spring afternoon, with the blossom falling.

I turned my face to hers, in fear and trembling, to find she had already turned to me, and I kissed her, and it was as pure as the sound of the water and the blossom falling on our skin. Pride is my refusal to be ashamed for that. Pride is how I reclaim myself from shame.

I am proud too, to lie in the boundaried shelter of my wife’s arms. I am proud to go out in public with her, and feel those judgemental, shaming eyes on me. **** them. I am Teflon, it slides right off when I’m with her. It just makes me love her harder, shine more brightly.

There are people who say things like “it is ridiculous to be proud of your sexuality.” Generally, those people have not had to overcome the kind of shame I faced, many other gay people faced. Generally, those people are straight.

I need pride, I need to place it consciously in my mind, in my way of being in the world, as an antidote to the shame that got ingrained in me growing up about who I am and who I love. I need pride as a reminder that I am not broken, I am not wrong, I should not feel ashamed.

Masked for your safety.