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I wish
being a lesbian were like
being left-handed.

Whenever someone notices
you writing a cheque
or doodling
or opening a door
And they exclaim:
"You're left-handed?"
I wish it were as simple as that.

When it's funny
and I laugh, panicking.
Such stuff punchlines are made on,
that such a casual,
integral,
part of myself
has the spotlight shone on it,
And revealed (they think)
their own ignorance,
(How wonderful it is to enlighten someone
by being.)

And yet I never hear the questions
that logically spring to mind:
"Won't you have trouble with the gearshift
on a car?"
"How do you use scissors?"
"Can you even write
with your right hand?"

I wish all comparisons
and metaphors
were true.
Also posted at my LJ (now inactive).

(1/2/2013) Hey everyone! Thank you so much for the Daily Deviation. I wrote this several years ago, when I thought coming out was the greatest, most world-changing thing I could do for myself. Now I know that coming out of the closet isn't the end of a journey; it's not absolute. At the time I wrote this, I was out to my close friends, and a couple of classes and teachers at my high school.

Being "in the closet" is not a sign of cowardice. And if you are in an LGBTQ community or have LGBTQ friends who are out, you don't have to come out until you feel safe. You don't owe the homophobes of the world anything. Come out on your own terms, the way you want to!
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Right Hand, Left Hand is a simple metaphor from ~mtroubadour ( Featured by Nichrysalis )
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GymnastixJenny Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I'm straight and right-handed but I can still see the beauty and care put into this piece.
Excellent work!
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ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Artist
Well written, well thought out, well done.

I wish things were simpler for people who are L/G/B/T/Q -- it really shouldn't be so complicated. It really should be as simple as being left handed.
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empty-lungs Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
that such a casual,
integral,
part of myself
has the spotlight shone on it,
And revealed (they think)
their own ignorance,
(How wonderful it is to enlighten someone
by being.)

this part right here is such a perfect, intelligent comment. i just read that back and it sounds really patronising. i don't mean for it, because the thing about sexuality is that you can't be defined by it, and that seems like such an obvious thing, but the way you phrased it was very intelligent. this is really perfect, so well done :)
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saints-fan-12 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Frankly, I don't care what your sexual orientation is, as long as you and your partner are happy. But of course my religion would go against it, seeing it as a sin.
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Loveless-Yokai Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Well I'm asexual but I like both guys and girls.It's hard.I haven't come out fully and when I try others just shut it down and say 'no your not' or something equally silly.
Those that have listened to what I've said think I'm a lesbian I mean seriously there's not just gay, straight and lesbian there are those in between.
I liked this.It made sense and got the point across.It doesn't white wash anything and that's what adds to it.Keep it up.
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LovelyDeath97 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Artist
I'm bisexual. But I always get upset whenever people say, "So you're a lesbian?"
It gets under my skin because It almost feels stereotypical.
Just because you like some girls means your a lesbian?
Just because you're bisexual means you have to like every girl you see?
I really love this poem because it's so true and straight to the point.
You're not bullshitting or sugar coating anything.
Good job and keep it up.
:)
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oppafrerardstyle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student
I am bisexual as well and I couldn't agree more. I also find it extremely rude when people feel the need to question you about it in public around strangers. It makes me so uncomfortable. People seriously need to know their boundaries because not being heterosexual isn't that much of a big deal and too many people act like it is.
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mtroubadour Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Yeah, that sucks. It's absolutely presumptuous. It feels like bisexual people get crap from both straight and gay people.

I'm glad my poem felt true to you. :)
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Rayzaz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm lesbian, I wish that every one would see it as a girl having a friend that was a guy or something just because I am doesn't mean I like you like that I love my lover like that *sigh* it's not fair at all
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nat-tama Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I really appreciate this.
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