Denice Frohman – “Dear Straight People” (WOWPS 2013)

Denice Frohman – “Dear Straight People” (WOWPS 2013)


Dear straight people,
Who do you think you are? Do you have to make it so obvious that I make
you uncomfortable? Why do I make you uncomfortable?
Do you know that makes me uncomfortable? Now we’re both uncomfortable. Dear straight people,
You’re the reason we stay in the closet. You’re the reason we even have a closet.
I don’t like closets, but you made the living room an unshared space
and now I’m feeling like a guest in my own house. Dear straight people,
Sexuality and gender? Two different things combined in many different ways.
If you mismatch your socks, you understand. Dear hip-hop,
Why are you fascinated with discovering gay rappers?
Gay people rap. Just like gay people ride bikes and eat tofu. Dear straight people,
I don’t think God has a sexual orientation, but if she were straight, she’d be a dope
ally. Why else would she invent rainbows? Dear straight women,
I mean, “straight women.” Leave me the fuck alone!
Dear straight men, If I’m flirting with you
it’s because I think it’s funny. Just laugh. Dear straight people,
I’m tired of proving that my love is authentic, so I’m calling for reparations on your ass.
When did you realize you were straight? Who taught you?
Did it happen because your parents are divorced? Did it happen because your parents are not
divorced? Did it happen because you sniffed too much
glue in fifth grade? Dear straight people,
Why do I have to prove my love is authentic? Why do I have to prove my love is authentic?
Why do I have to prove my love is authentic? Why do you have to stare at me when I’m holding
my girlfriend’s hand like I’m about to rob you? Dear straight people,
You make me want to fuckin’ rob you! Dear straight allies,
Thank you — more please! Dear straight bullies,
You’re right. We don’t have the same values. You kill everything that’s different.
I preserve it. Tell me, what happened to
Jorge Mercado? Sakia Gunn?
Lawrence King? What happened to the souls alienated
in-between too many high school walls, who planned the angles of their deaths in
math class, who imagined their funerals as ticker-tape
parades, who thought the afterlife was more like an
afterparty? Did you notice that hate
is alive and well in too many lunch rooms, taught in the silence of too many teachers,
passed down like second-hand clothing from too many parents? Dear Queer Young Girl,
I see you. You don’t want them to see you
so you change the pronouns in your love poems to “him” instead of “her.”
I used to do that. Dear straight people,
You make young poets make bad edits. Dear straight people,
Kissing my girlfriend in public without looking to see who’s around
is a luxury I do not fully have yet. But tonight, I am drunk in my freedom,
grab her hand on the busiest street corner in Philadelphia,
zip my fingers into hers and press our lips firmly,
until we melt their stares into a standing ovation, imagine
that we are in a sea of smiling faces, even when we’re not
and when we’re not, we start shoveling,
digging deep into each other’s eyes, we say, “Hey, Baby, can’t nothing stop this tonight,”
because tonight, this world is broken and we’re the only thing
that’s going to keep it together.

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    Charlie Curtis

    I get that this is aimed towards homophobes… so there was no point to say dear straight people because a lot of us support and are allies.

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    Violent Flower

    You make straight people sound like we absolutely hate you, you have seem to forget that some straight actually SUPPORT the lgbtq+ ._.

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    An Awkward_ Writer

    "You dont want them to see you so you change the pro-nouns in your love poems to him instead of her"

    Well atleast I know I'm not the only one…

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    Firely Fire Wolf

    Im straight and i hate it how people care who someone else likes! I left my old friends because they didnt accept my new friends because they were gay. Ill say this again and for as long as i live DONT WASTE YOUR TIME TRYING TO PUT DOWN THE GAY BECAUSE THEY WILL ALWAYS TRULY LOVE THE ONES THAT THEY LOVE! AND THERES !NOTHING! YOU CAN DO TO CHANGE THAT! Be who you want to be. And love who YOU love, dont let anyone tell you otherwise(I know im a bit late but i just had to say something

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    Helen

    IDC if you like the same gender, but there is line that needs to not be crossed. Also sexuality and gender are the same thing.🤦 I don't like to see straight or gay people kiss in public.

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    Lia Smith

    ok i like this vid but i might be straight but i do NOT hate, half of my friend group isnt straight, i made them all pride pillow cease for xmas

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    sushi gooo!!!

    I'm gay but as a Christian can we stop calling God a she. He is are heavily father. You are allowed to say what you want. But it makes me uncomfortable.

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    KoiKoi

    "why do you have to stare at me holding my girlfriends hand like about to rob you? dear straight people, you make me wanna fucking rob you."
    i felt this one

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    Watermelon Warrior

    I just came out as Bi to my two best friends. they both were so supportive, but i haven’t told my parents and low key scared, (i live in a very christian conservative family) sorry just wanted somewhere to say this. k bye

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    Hatress Unbirthday

    "in the silence of so many teachers."
    In sixth grade I was an uncloseted queer. I organized a pride march when no one else would.

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    Eva Mudro

    the first ever slam poem i have ever heard…. still hits me the same way the thousandth time and is still my favorite

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    Fujix

    LGBT people have more love because they have to stick together, straight people have more hate because they are trying to fight what they don't like.

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    Fujix

    Me and my friend are so close to each other that our whole morning class and probably the teacher thinks we are gay and its the best thing to listen to and watch…. 😆

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    Praise TheSun

    Not all straight people are like this though. So you should change it to "homophobic people."
    This poem is extremely insulting to people that are heterosexual, and this is coming from a pansexual. Hate condones hate.

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    Savanah Honoret

    just say dear homophobic ppl because im very straight but i have a pride flag on my wall and support alot so just say dear homophobic people

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    Caroline Aviaja

    Dear gay people
    Please stop making it sound like All straight People Are homophopic please i am straight and the only ship i have ever loved for real was malec (magnus and alec) i am straight but I am not an idiot

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    XxLowlymoonlightxX x-x

    i'm pan sexual and i tell myself i won't hide it but every time i'm asked "are you straight" i say yes out of instinct i stay away from saying he or she in fear of messing up and being outed i have made so many poems about depression and my sexuality that it could take days to read so why is it everyone say that theres change now yeah we are more open but nothing has fucking changed we still get told its wrong and get bullied only thing that changed is there are a few more people that are okay with it but there are still people who hide in fear of being outed who date people they don't like just so they can be "normal" people are so tired of hiding that they are finally fighting but we still need more change

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    Mika Kick

    Some of y'all don't get it. This poem is not about homophobic straight people, it's about straight people not realizing their privilege. Y'all, it ain't that hard. Just don't be stupid. 🙄 Also, are y'all gonna ignore 1:45 ??? Stop complaining and absorb the damn content instead of yourself.

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    Your Fellow Queenie

    Straight ally here!
    I love this👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
    ✌🏻✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻💟💟💖

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    abby xx

    why is this so amazing. i’m not lesbian or hi or anything. just a major supporter. this was the most perfect thing i’ve seen this week woah

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    Sam Harris’-‘

    Is it bad I sat down for 2 hours to memorize it? I’m just waiting for one of my teachers to say something homophobic. Then i get my ass up and just, DEAR MRS.BLANK LEAVE ME AND MY SIBLINGS THE FUCK ALONE.

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    Sol Nulla Domus

    my friend recommended this to me when I was crying about my parents not letting me take hormones or even get a binder and it made me feel better thank you

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    Paula Muscat

    I'm straight but I fully agree there are still too many people who act as if this is "bad and ugly and not real love" my moto is do what you want as long as your not hurting anyone.. I quite frankly don't care what your are I will treat you with the same respect any person deserves and you don't need to "come out" my sister is gay and she never came out and once I talked to her and told her that I knew and that she didn't need to come out (I talked to her as to make her comfortable) and with that she gained more respect towards me…. There are bigger problems in the world than hating on two ppls love for each other just coz they r the same sex

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    Juju Feirrieo

    Straight people:*literally concive children in the middle of everywhere. Have their tongues down each other's throats in public*
    Gay people: hold hands
    Straight people: why do you have to do it in front of my kids!?!? attacks gay people I feel unsafe.

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    Just Peach E.

    I don’t care what sexuality you are, straight, gay, asexual, whatever. I love you and you should be accepted for who you are <3

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