"I have felt the greatest hate that this world has ever known.
I have hated myself for what I am.
All I heard about what I was was that I was sick, wrong.
But then I met him.
I met one of the most beautiful people on this Earth.
He’s funny, he’s smart, and he is everything I want.
I know now, that I was sick.
I was sick for ever thinking that what I felt was wrong.
Because it’s Love. Pure, simple, fiery love.
I hear what people say about what I am.
I hear the bigotry in their voice, and I hear the fear.
I hear about how I’m going to burn.
I am going to burn.
I’m going to burn in the fire of God’s love for me.
And his love for me.
I fear for those whose who hate.
Because hate is a frozen thing, and only makes one unlovable.
I fear for my family, who hates me.
I love what I am, I love my soulmate, and I love God.
I love, not lust, for the fire that I am doomed to.
Because I am gay."
This poem really stuns me. It's so wise. And honest. It breaks my heart and then mends it whole. The author is 14! It took me until I was 21 to be able to say "I am gay" - and then the only person I was brave enough to say it to was myself.
Ethan, I am so proud of you.
What an amazing adventure you have ahead. The world is changing for the better because of people like you. Thank you, thank you, for sharing your poem with us.