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We come out today

because Cleve designed

and Gilbert sewed;

Alvin danced

And RuPaul doesn’t always wear pants.

Leslie got the Stone Butch Blues

Patrick let Machos Sluts be his muse.

Because Harvey led,

Sheila did too.

Larry did while making

conservatives go “boo hoo.”

Janet and Laverne

took a stand.

before even most queers

would lend them a hand.

Because queens and fairies

Fought arm in arm

Tired of police doing them harm.

Because Mattachine and

Daughters of Blitius

got sick and tired of folks

trying to hide us.

Michaelango helps timid ones

out of the closet-

the most popular ones.

We’ve come out