Dear Queer…

I am a gay man. 

My name is Rodd. I didn’t choose this “so called” lifestyle or its existence, but with the cards dealt to me in life I have accepted them.

I am Pro-LBGTQI

Which means that….

I am pro lesbian women. I am pro bisexual people. I am pro gay men. I am pro transgender people. I am pro queer people. I am pro intersex people. I love my people, I love who we are, and I love our uniqueness in the universe regardless of our race or religion.

I do not use words to divide my people by saying things like “No Fats, No Fems”, I don’t vilify people who are in the closet or choose a DL lifestyle, I don’t ask bisexual people to pick a preference, I do not misgender my trans brethren and sistren, I never tell my gay elders they are out to pasture, I don’t ask someone how they arrived at their HIV status or shame them for being positive, I don’t make jokes in mixed couple to straight people about my culture, and I never devalue someone in their gay expression or process because at one point I was one of them. I love people at their best and assist if I can help them to be greater. 

I am several things also….

I am a stereotype, I am a bottom, I am the “fabulous” gay uncle, I’m in my 30s, I have loved, I have lost, I am the prototype, I am the best version of me, and above all I am human.

My LGBTQI people. Stand up and be you regardless of how people want you to identify as and when people misunderstand you or us don’t be quiet. Speak out and speak up. Resting in this heteronormative culture our safety is always validated for compromising and our rights are still being challenged while they are being made. Find solace and support in each other and stop finding ways to disarm and disavow each other. Sometimes we are all we have regardless if it’s from the ballroom to Capitol Hill.

My name is Rodd. I didn’t choose this “so-called” lifestyle or its existence, but with the cards dealt to me in life I have accepted them.

I am a gay man. 

…..and I love who I am and I love you for who you are.

In spite of the tragedy we are now facing in our  community because of the Orlando Massacre. I still believe in us. I know it’s heartbreaking and a huge violation, but we will over come this.

I feel your pulse. We are still alive and it’s still work to be done.

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