Wednesday, January 20, 2010

PAT PARKER/ Lesbian poet


1944 - on this date the great Black Lesbian poet PAT PARKER was born (d. 1989).  Author of many books, including "Movement In Black," "Child of Myself" and "Jonestown and Other Madness."  She is remembered for such incisive writing in poems like "For the white person who wants to know how to be my friend" and "For The Straight Folks Who Don't Mind Gays But Wish They Weren't So BLATANT" (One of the funniest and most right-on poems written on this subject).

Her poems were a herald of strength and resistance in the early movement of Gay Liberation.  After a long history of writing and teaching, Parker died of cancer in 1989.  
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For The Straight Folks Who Don't Mind Gays But Wish They Weren't So Blatant

By Pat Parker

You know, some people got a lot of nerve.  Sometimes I don't believe the things I see and hear.

Have you met the woman who's shocked by two women kissing and, in the same breath, tells you she is pregnant?

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.


Or this straight couple sits next to you in a movie and you can't hear the dialogue because of the sound effects.

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.


And the woman in your office spends an entire lunch hour talking about her new bikini drawers and how much her husband likes them.

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.


Or the "hip" chick in your class rattling like a mile a minute, while you're trying to get stoned in the john, about the camping trip she took with her musician boyfriend.

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.


You go into a public bathroom and all over the walls there's John loves Mary, Janice digs Richard, Pepe loves Delores, etc., etc.

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.


Or your go to an amusement park and there's a tunnel of love with pictures of straights painted on the front and grinning couples are coming in and out.

But gays shouldn't be so blatant.


Fact is, blatant heterosexuals are all over the place. Supermarkets, movies, on your job, in church, in books, on television every day and night, every place--even in gay bars--and they want gay men and woman to go and hide in the closet.
So to you straight folks I say, "Sure, I'll go if you go too. But, I'm polite so, after you."

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