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I found this from Pat Parker and I remembered how angry I always get too when people say things like this. You know: we don’t mind gays, but why do they have to touch in public? Why do they have to be so visible? So blatant? I would add to this poem ‘for the straight AND gay and lesbian folks’ by the way, because there is a lot of internalized homophobia in our own world too.

For The Straight Folks Who Don’t Mind Gays But Wish They Weren’t So Blatant

You know, some people got a lot of nerve. Sometimes I don’t believe the things I see and hear. Have you met the woman who’s shocked by two women kissing and in the same breath, tells you she is pregnant? BUT gays, shouldn’t be so blatant. Or this straight couple sits next to you in a movie and you can’t hear the dialogue because of the sound effects. BUT gays shouldn’t be so blatant. And the woman in your office spends an entire lunch hour talking about her new bikini drawers and how much her husband likes them. BUT gays shouldn’t be so blatant. Or the “hip” chick in your class rattling like a mile a minute while you’re trying to get stoned in the john, about the camping trip she took with her musician boyfriend. BUT gays shouldn’t be so blatant. You go in a public bathroom and all over the walls there’s John loves Mary, Janice digs Richard, Pepe loves Delores, etc., etc. BUT gays shouldn’t be so blatant. Or you go to an amusement park and there’s a tunnel of love and pictures of straights painted on the front and grinning couples are coming in and out. BUT gays shouldn’t be so blatant. Fact is, blatant heterosexuals are all over the place. Supermarkets, movies, on your job, in church, in books, on television every day day and night, every place-even- in gay bars and they want gay men and woman to go and hide in the closet. So to you straight folks I say, “Sure, I’ll go if you go too” BUT I’m polite so, after you.

-Pat Parker-