aworldthatmakesyoudeviant

… And one learns to live in a world that makes you a deviant

And untouchable

So you become invisible

Not to get in the way

THEY’LL JUST BEAT THE QUEER OUT OF YOU

And if you come out

They’ll deny you work—That’ll get the queer out of you

They’ll deny you legal rights. That’ll shake the queer out of you

They’ll deny you a civil marriage—You’ll never legally be a couple

Your love is never quite good enough

That’ll depress the queer out of you.

They’ll deny you recognition, force the mask, the costume

So you can never speak freely your feelings

That’ll destroy your queer heart

But what does it matter?

We’ve been taught that queer don’t have hearts. They live only for sexual deviance …

Karen Finley from "An Act of Conscience"