June Pride: Permission to Be

Please just let me be a woman.
Please just let me be a man.
Please let me be gender neutral.
Please let me be who I am.
Please let me love a woman.
Please let me love a man.
Let me love both or neither.
Please let me be who I am.
Please let me have pain or joy.
Let me feel trapped or free.
Let me change from day to day.
Please just let me be me.

In response to a comment that someone made to this post on Facebook, I’m not waiting, begging for your permission, before I will go ahead and be myself. I am asking for your grace, so that being me doesn’t have to be so exhausting, particularly if you are someone important in my life. And I personally am asking not as an LGBTQ person but as a neuro-diverse and traumatized person, and I’m thinking that the same wish for grace applies to folx in the LGBTQ community.

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