To All The Queer People I’ve Judged Before

But to celebrate pride, to come out of the closet, we have to acknowledge how we are put into closets and the closets we still keep inside.

Look there. I’m not that. Look there. At least I’m not that.

Don’t look here. Never look here.

Johnson with her friend and fellow activist Sylvia Rivera outside City Hall in New York at a rally for gay rights around April 1973. In the years since her death, Johnson’s legacy has soared. She has been praised for her insistent calls for social and economic justice; for working on behalf of homeless street youth ostracized for not conforming to traditional ideas about gender; and for her advocacy on behalf of AIDS patients. Diana Davies, via New York Public Library

I’m sorry. I’m sorry I didn’t understand that the world I had swallowed told me that there wasn’t room for you. That in my desire to hide myself from the world I turned attention towards you.

This ‪#pridemonth goes out to the ones who came before we were ready.

The queer ones who were loud before we were able to listen. The ones who took the attention while we hid in the shadows waiting to bloom. We didn’t deserve you.

All we can do is thank you. Thank you, and love you.‪


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