New address: 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210-1409.
Originally written anonymously by a gay high school student and adapted for this exercise.
My father asked if I am gay
I asked, Does it matter?
He said, No not really
I said, Yes.
He said get out of my life.
I guess it mattered.
My friend asked why I talk about race so much?
I told him, Yes.
He said, You need to get that chip off your shoulder.
My neighbor asked why I put that ramp up to my front door.
I said, Does it matter?
I told him because it made my life easier.
He said, Is there a way to make it less obvious?
A member of my church asked why I like gospel music.
She said, No, not really.
I told her that it connects me to my southern, Christian childhood.
She said, I think you're in denial about your oppression.
My God asked me, Do you love yourself?
She said, YES!
I said, How can I love myself? I am gay, Latino, disabled, and a Christian in a hostile climate.
She said that is the way I made you.
Nothing will ever matter again.
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