Christopher Michael, gay, gay poetry

Who Shall I Be?

AIDS is a Gay Disease
 
they gave that distinction to us, labeled it
gay cancer, AIDS is a gay virus affecting us first, last, still
I’ll take on the mantle, its my disease
AIDS killed most of my old friends, ruined
sweet beautiful gay lives and careers
gays fought for medications, remembering Act Up
gays fought for social acceptance
gays took on the battles,
fought for nondiscrimination in the workplace
took on the battles housing for those infected
we raised the standard, we marched and raised
mission, fo find a cure
to finally end the thought that AIDS is a gay
disease, in truth
in all truth it is not

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