17 things


This is a revised version of a poem originally posted on October 11, 2016. Spoken word version can be found here. 

Seventeen things you have to
learn for yourself

as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual

or otherwise Queer youth

by the time you are

One is that the first Pride
was a riot

I don’t mean that it was full
of laughter, or that it was some grand party

where everyone spiraled up to
dance among the stars

because the only glittering
that night

was broken glass on

The first Pride was a riot

on the backstreets of New

and they never tell us

that that night

we won.

They never tell us

that it was the only protest

in a decade full of turmoil

where the cops had to hide
from the shouting, dancing rioters

who fought to reclaim the
only ground they had ever been able to say was theirs.

Stonewall is only an echo of
a name in our history

Christopher Street Liberation
Day even less

but I swear to you

the first thing you need to
know is

the first Pride was a riot,

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