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Straight Pride
Author: Justus Isaiah Richardson

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Iím a man who enjoys women,
And up until this day,
I scarcely would have mentioned it,
For that is not my way.

What does my romantic preference,
Have to do with my peers?
Can it influence opinions,
Or overcome your fears?

The answer should be obvious,
Itís a matter of pride!
Others parade it through our streets!
What have I got to hide?

I am straight, and damn proud of it!
Iíll be silent no more!
Itís time for me to speak my mind,
Like others have before!

I love the way a woman feels,
Sheís softer than a dove.
I love to hold her in my arms,
Whenever we make love!

I want the world to hear me shout!
Iím proud that I am straight!
Iím done keeping it to myself,
Though Iím risking your hate!

Parades need to be organized
In cities far and wide!
Weíll march down busy boulevards
ĎNeath signs that read ďStraight Pride!Ē

And even if you disagree
Or want to start a fight,
Weíre living in America;
That means I have the right!

Iíll raise my voice in Washington,
And your state capitol!
I will lobby for the issues,
On every article.

So, save your intimidation,
And all your racist threats!
Iím coming out of the closet,
I havenít vanished yet!

Keep your opinions to yourself,
If you have any sense!
Youíll never silence me again,
Though you may take offense!

Some pompously call us breeders,
Like shepherds would a herd.
Then they scream discrimination,
If we balk at the word.

I am through with being bullied,
My beliefs crucified;
Iíll bear this sign down every street,
A sign that reads ďStraight Pride!Ē

But are those who agree with me,
Too frightened to speak out?
Has political correctness,
Put each of them in doubt?

If so, I hope theyíll be prepared,
To face the consequence.
When their opinions disappear,
Lost to intolerance!

On that day, it will be too late,
Such thoughts will be denied.
And jail will be reserved for those
Who stand up for straight pride!

Youíre going to have to speak up soon,
While you still have a voice.
Unless you want to lose the right
To even have a choice!

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Comments on this poem/writing:

Russ (24.144.57.186) -- Wednesday, August 29 2007, 10:25 pm

Excellent Approach!

This is an excellent approach to a difficult problem, Justus. The squeaky wheels always seem to get the grease these days. The truth is, white heterosexual male conservative Christians are the number one most discriminated against group in America, without question. So bravo for stepping up! Great poem!
Meri (205.188.116.135) -- Thursday, August 4 2011, 06:20 pm

no I'm not ashamed

May not be conservative, but I am straight and proud of it. Love this poem.
 
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