I am a man

October 10, 2010
By Anonymous

I am a man. A gay man, but no less a man. I don't necessarily believe in god, but I do believe in the gods of fashion and music. I live fore the arts, culture, and passion. Someday I want the world to know who I am. I don't care what people will think of me. I don't want to know what people will think of me. As long as I am accepted I will be happy. I will not change who I am for a man and I certainly will not change for the world. If I change it is because I chose to. I changed because I wanted to. I find enjoyment out of being a man's man, but I know that class and sharp wit make a man a higher standard. Being a man isn't just hunting, being strong, or being as butch as possible. Being a man is about standing up for what you believe and letting others be proud of what they believe in without degrading them. Being a man is making your life mean something. Being a man is changing the world. Not to a masochistic, simple minded world, but to a world of acceptance and peace. I want to change the world. Not to a homosexual paradise of pop music and sailors, but to a world of acceptance, love, and compassion. Gay men are still individuals. I am still an individual. I don't want sympathy or pity. I simply want you to accept me for what I am. A human being, just like you are. I want the discrimination and judgement to end. I know this can't be achieved in the near future or even the distant future, due to the simple reason that people are like cows. They migrate to the places they know and would rather do the same thing for eterntity than change. What I am seeking is equality. All I am asking for is understanding and acceptance. A world of love. Free of hate. Free of barriers. There is a song that says "I am woman. Hear me roar." To that I say "I am man. Hear me sing."


The author's comments:
I found inspiration for this piece while I was watching an episode of Glee.

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on Nov. 17 2010 at 9:44 am
They-call-me-Twon, Onsted, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"It always gets better and truth is it's hard to know who you are no matter what." Kimberly Nicole Barton

I was transferring it from my phone to the computer at about 1 am, so that explains the lack of paragraphs. Thank you very much!

on Nov. 17 2010 at 9:42 am
They-call-me-Twon, Onsted, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"It always gets better and truth is it's hard to know who you are no matter what." Kimberly Nicole Barton

Thank you! The end line would have to be my fave.      :]

on Nov. 5 2010 at 9:29 am
ZombieDanceWithMe SILVER, Rockford, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
“To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live”



-Victor Hugo

well, okay then.

on Nov. 5 2010 at 8:20 am
They-call-me-Twon, Onsted, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"It always gets better and truth is it's hard to know who you are no matter what." Kimberly Nicole Barton

I did not intend to beat it down but just state that this is what reality is.

on Nov. 4 2010 at 6:25 pm
ZombieDanceWithMe SILVER, Rockford, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
“To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live”



-Victor Hugo

Yes, I see that. But it's just. If the only thing you want id exceptance, why beat it down by saying it will never happen instead of trying to get more people to except it?

on Nov. 4 2010 at 8:55 am
They-call-me-Twon, Onsted, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"It always gets better and truth is it's hard to know who you are no matter what." Kimberly Nicole Barton

That section was me being realistic because if you look around that is what's really going on. Yes we are becoming more and more accepted everyday, but people are still stuck in their ways and they always will be.

on Nov. 4 2010 at 8:54 am
They-call-me-Twon, Onsted, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"It always gets better and truth is it's hard to know who you are no matter what." Kimberly Nicole Barton

Sadly no. They would be called Ferregamo, Donatella Versace, and Stefano Gabana and Domenico Dolce. Oh and of course The Lady of the Haus of GAGA. :]

on Oct. 28 2010 at 11:02 pm
Destinee BRONZE, Oakville, Other
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Blegh. - Abraham Lincoln

"The gods of fashion"? Would he be called Seventeen or Cosmo, by any chance? ;)

on Oct. 28 2010 at 3:21 pm
Karma_Chameleon SILVER, English, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
To be able to say "I love you" one must first be able to say "I" - Ayn Rand

This is a very nice piece, and one that definitely hit home for me.  Your last line is particularly powerful.  I would just suggest breaking it up into paragraphs for smoothness.  Overall, I really love this piece, great job! I promise one day we'll all be accepted for who we are. =)

on Oct. 28 2010 at 11:44 am
LoveMeHateMe GOLD, Tecumseh, Oklahoma
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Favorite Quote:
Giving up doesn't always mean your weak, sometimes it just means your strong enough to let go.

This is a very powerful piece. There's so much emotion and pride put into it. I love it.

 

I accept you for who you are, just like everyone else should accept all LGBT people. You and I included. :)

 

 

 


on Oct. 27 2010 at 11:29 pm
ineedthis28 SILVER, Wood River, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Nothing In life is Perminent Except Death

I accept you. :]

on Oct. 26 2010 at 2:33 pm
Beautifully written. Just one thing - the way you phrase the "being a man" part comes off as slightly sexist. I don't believe that was the intent, but just wanted to point it out. It is the same for women.  But the ending line really warmed my heart. :)

on Oct. 25 2010 at 4:49 pm
ZombieDanceWithMe SILVER, Rockford, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
“To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live”



-Victor Hugo

I liked your article, and completely agree, I'm bi, and people stare at me weirder since I came out. But you say that all you want is exceptance, and then you say that it wont happen for quite some time. I just don't understand, if you want something so bad, why say it wont ever happen. That doesn't seem very confident in yourself and weakens your article.


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