pineapples

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Pineapples
I love reading and writing (obviously)
he/they, they/them preferred

"have I killed my thoughts right before their prime?
have I bit my tongue one too many times?
have I said it all the way I really meant to?"
~ben platt

Message from Writer

Refer to these pieces when you need more info on the LGBTQIAP+ community:
ON A-SPEC ERASURE:
https://bit.ly/2ZZ3wzD

On genders out of the binary of male and female:
https://bit.ly/3gMkJDl

Basic definitions of sexual orientations:
https://bit.ly/38Nn91w

On the difference between romantic and sexual attraction:
https://bit.ly/2DsW2xb

we are not from a netflix film.

July 18, 2020

FREE WRITING

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another unnecessary gay character, they say

a potentially life-saving depiction of life, i say.

they'll keep making comments. 
they'll never understand.
they don't see themselves reflected in the screens and they are confused.

they don't realize how many of us there are.
there is one gay character in the ensemble cast of an oscar-worthy film.
but there are hundreds and thousands of us out in the real world.

we are not taking anything. 
we are not indoctrinating you with an agenda.
we are not even twisting the reality of life.

so why rain on my colorful parade?
what is the harm in a character that is different?
what harm does it cause you?

call me shallow all you want for looking only at one side of a character for me to like them.
but realize that it's not the character i like.
it's seeing myself reflected on the screen that i like.

do you pause a movie every time you see a straight character appear in a mainstream film?
do you start crying when you see a man and a woman kiss on the big screen?
because you are happy? because it doesn't happen enough?

calling the one non-straight character
in a straight-dominated film
unnecessary

is calling me
in this cruel, heteronormative, straight-dominated life
unnecessary.

it is you
calling your friend
someone you do not need.

because there is no way
you have not met
a gay person
in your life.

because we are not from a netflix film.
we exist past the stereotypical depiction of a gay character.
we exist past the death that we so commonly face within the reel of the tape.

we are not unnecessary.

 
i whipped this up real quick because i thought it'd be fun.
it was. 


also, i really don't know about the line that my title came from. ("because we are not from a netflix film.") I like how it sounds, but also, i might hate it. I'm not quite sure. 

also, i'm not trying to bash netflix, i know it has some really great lgbtq representation.
It's just that this piece was inspired by that one meme from a very long time ago (idk why it popped into my head lol) that says netflix just keeps adding "unnecessary gay characters". that's why.

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  • outoftheblue

    "because we are not from a netflix film.
    we exist past the stereotypical depiction of a gay character.
    we exist past the death that we so commonly face within the reel of the tape."
    Ack, this is just so powerful!


    5 months ago
  • Dmoral

    "i whipped this up real quick because i thought it'd be fun.
    it was. "
    love that, and 85% of the reason behind my writing :) ~

    btw, great message!


    5 months ago
  • Katenewell

    Really great poem, I love it!


    5 months ago
  • Pravartika Wankhede

    I know this frustration. Also this transphobia in the gay and bi community. The other day I heard a gay person say, "I have trans friends, but look at XYZtrans person, they feel like they should talk like a girl. UGH." We are part of the Pride, no matter our position on the flag. Power to you for this. POWER TO THE PRIDE!
    <3
    Love and light,
    Pravartika


    5 months ago