What is Queerness?
To me Queerness is freedom
Freedom to be my true authentic self Unapologetic for how I was made How I was meant to be
Freedom to fight against the snares of toxic masculinity and toxic femininity, to be my own Enby
Freedom from draconian gender norms and preposterous expectations to conform
Freedom to love who I choose and how I choose
But that freedom, as with all freedoms, comes at a price.
A desperate need to learn from the abuse we’ve endured, to break free of its vicious cycle.
Internalized Queerphobias, indoctrinated and beaten into us since youth
The dark loneliness of the closet, the suffering of conversions, the cruelty of peers, the demonization and persecution of our very existence.
The longing for acceptance and safety in our home and society
The blood of parents, children, siblings, niblings, and unties who protested for our rights before us
Yet we persevere!
Through raids and riots
Copped bricks and bricked cops
Sodomy and Drag laws
Bans and legislation
And still we stand together
PROUDLY QUEER AS EVER
AND WE WILL NOT GO BACK IN THE CLOSET
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