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    8 Pieces Of LGBT Spoken Word Poetry That Will Leave You Speechless

    Seriously, I have nothing more to say – just watch.

    1. British poet Keith Jarrett was once asked at a gig if he had a "gay poem". He didn't, so he wrote this one.

    "Excuse me, poem, are you gay?
    Have you grown up contrarily to what I wanted you to say?
    I most certainly didn't write you that way
    Was it something I said, something I did that turned you?
    Maybe I should have peppered your verses
    With sport, girls and beer
    Maybe as your author I deserted you...
    Or did another writer turn you queer?"

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    2. Elliot Darrow asks the big question, "What if God was gay?"

    A history lesson: A faggot is a bundle of sticks
    Originally used as kindling for fires that engulfed gays
    When they were burned at the stake, people were firewood
    But Moses came across wood on fire and saw God in it,
    What is a burning bush but bundles of branches
    On fire, isn't it funny how faggots and God can look the same sometimes?

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    3. 14-year-old Christine Vela, brave beyond her years, reflects on the anxiety of coming out in her poetry.

    I stay here out of fear
    Fear of judgement, fear of ridicule
    But most of all, fear of abandonment.
    I'm afraid that if I come out of this lonely little closet
    What waits beyond will be a much greater peril
    Or perhaps it will be the release I've been looking for
    So I'll take a chance.

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    4. Nicole Masangkay performs an emotional and personal piece about the relationship with her mother in "My Gender Is For Mothers."

    My mother was born in a U.S. Naval base in the Philippines
    She has grown up with
    Old bruises,
    Little wars and defeats that cannot be drowned across oceans,
    I understand that to survive
    She cannot keep losing
    So everyday, I let my mother refuse my beauty in
    Two different languages
    And I understand both

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    5. Joanna Hoffman describes her personal journey to self-acceptance with humor and honesty in "Pride":

    The summer I turned fourteen
    My grandmother got me smashed at a wedding in Jersey
    Somewhere in between the 3rd glass of champagne and the 4th ABBA song
    She turned to me and said,
    "Joanna, someday you're going to have a wedding just like this
    And when you do, don't let them play any disco."

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    6. Sibel Sayiner and Violet Trachtenberg strip away the glamour of San Francisco pride in this high-energy duet.

    There is more to celebrate than a parade.
    There are voices to be heard
    That cannot make their way to these limousines.
    Queer people don't need sponsors
    Don't need spectators

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    7. Karen Grace tackles her own inner-struggle between religion and sexuality in "Push: On Holy Thursday".

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    8. The 2013 Women of the World Poetry Champion, Denice Frohman, asks straight people, "Who do you think you are?"

    Dear Straight People,
    Who do you think you are?
    Do you have to make it so obvious that I make you uncomfortable?
    Why do I make you uncomfortable?
    Do you know that makes me uncomfortable?

    Now we're both uncomfortable.

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