We claim our own:

Sappho

Bessie Smith

Anais Nin

 

We claim our own:

Walt Whitman

Navratilova

Langston Hughes

 

Keep them in your archives

yes

you’re welcome to them

as you are to us

 

I am bisexual

I am gay

I am lesbian

 

Count me in your history books

fighting side by side

for the right

to love a same-sex lover

and not be persecuted for it

 

Surely, swell the ranks

Elton John

Virginia Woolf

James Dean

 

Boast about

Vita Sackville-West

Colette

Djuna Barnes

 

Whisper rumors

document

the (often hidden) gay lives

of famous people

who have given to the world

 

But don’t then

turn around and tell me

I don’t belong here.

 

If you claim bisexual cannot mean gay,

then purge your history books

of so many names

that swell your breast with pride –

names of people who have also loved

both sexes.

 

                                    1991



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