Queer People

I wrote the poem “Queer People” based on queerphobic comments that I have heard/seen people make – particularly from those that use religion as an excuse for their homophobia, transphobia and other forms of queerphobia.

“Queer People”

Queer people.

Sometimes I
wonder
if
they
are also
among
the
chosen people.

Their identities,
their humanity,
defy the
rules
of
patriarchy.

Who can
be
more
chosen
save those
whose identities
defy
mainstream societies,
and
defy authorities?

How ignorant
that even
the “pious”
endorse privilege.
Cisgender privilege.
Heterosexual privilege.

Are we
so
blinded by
patriarchy
that we
see
in
holy scriptures
that
which
does not
exist?

Lot’s people
were
not homosexuals.
They
were
married men.
Heterosexuals.

Hetereosexuals
that raped,
tortured,
and
murdered
male strangers
that
dared
to enter
their town.

How can
you
compare
queer identities
to a
town
of
cursed men
that
would
neglect
their wives
to
commit
heinous crimes?

At times
I
wonder
if
we are
more
like Lot’s
people
than with
Lot himself.

Our unkind
obsession
with
identities
is
but transgression.

Our denial
of
identities
is
but oppression.

Or
we insist
that
all men
are “men”,
or
all women
are “women”,
yet
gender fluidity
in societies
are
marked
in history.

There
are no
wrong bodies,
only
fluid identities.

These
identities
are
merely
signs
from
God.

Remember
that Adam
was born
from
earth.

Or that
a virgin
named
Mary
had given
birth.

Why
are we
then
surprised
that not
all
men act
as “men”
or
all women
as “women”
nor
do all
men
love women
or
all women
love men?

Not all
feelings
are
for us
to decide.
They
are but
the art
of
God.

To state
otherwise
is
merely
fraud.

Queerness is but a sign from God.

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