Diatribe | Issue 19

Diatribe | Issue 19

FRESH

Now this is the story all about how
My gay marriage views got flipped, turned upside down
And Iíd like to take a minute just sit right there
Iíll tell you how I came to advocate a position thatís fair.
In rural Philippines I was born and raised,
Observing Catholicism was how I spent most of my days
Praying, kneeling and obeying God was all cool
And volunteering for human crucifixion for maí school
Didnít trust the gays, thought they were no good
Thought theyíd make trouble in my neighbourhood
When I saw some guys kiss, Iíd get so scared
Was an advocate for a position that was unfair
Used to think gays were evil and not okay
My views on gay marriage? Obviously nay
But we moved to New Zealand, left with a ticket
Thatís when I began to leave my homophobia and kick it.
All-boys school, yo this is bad
Lots of guys, just kissiní in class
But they tell the bullies to take a hike
Hmmmm, they might be alright.
But wait I hear theyíre dirty, sinful and all that
I was still kinda old fashioned, kinda old hat
But I donít really care so
I guess civil unions are ok there
I was advocating for a position that was more fair.
Well, high school finished and when I got out
Went to Otago cuz I wanted to get a world class education and act out
It was in here that I met
A real beauty here
She made me feel really dear
Things ended when she came out as queer
But our friendship stayed fresh and I wasnít bitter
I was happy when she found a great girl - thatís rare
Then I thought Ďthey should be allowed to marry - thatís quite fairí
I pulled up and regret all the hate
To old me I say ďyo homes smell ya laterĒ
I looked at the mirror
I was finally there
Supporter of marriage equality - itís only fair.
This article first appeared in Issue 19, 2012.
Posted 4:49pm Sunday 5th August 2012 by Sasha Borissenko.