Death of Bi-phobia, Poetry by Rebecca E Blanton

Genre: Society, Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Life

Death of Bi-phobia
by Rebecca E Blanton

Dykes, faggots and heteros, lend me your ears;
I have come to bury bi- phobia.
Gender is too often exalted
and oft felt in your bones.
So let it be with you. I will tell you
gender is irrelevant to me.
As you fail to sort your lovers
on religious denomination or height
believing those to be irrelevant in love,
for me gender is meaningless in passion and desire.
I am an honorable woman.
I come not to your bed with the desire
to seek other lovers believing you inadequate.
Just as you have fought to be defined
by more than who you sleep with so do I.
I have brought men and women and trans folks
to my bed. I have done this
with full disclosure of who I am and what I desire.
My sexuality does not shift with the gender
of the lover on my arm. I remain strong and queer
regardless of my partner’s genitalia.
Thrice I have taken lovers and thrice my sexual orientation
has changed in the eyes of the world.
When a beautiful woman adorned my arm I was a lesbian to you.
When a man kindly kissed me I became a hetero to you.
When a transgirl escorted me in, I was queer.
Was that my fickle sexuality or your perception and belief?
Yes, your gender is important to you
and as a gendered lover you stand strong.
I ask you, can I not disregard gender and still be an honorable woman?
I am here to speak to you of what I know.
I love with intention and passion
and my lover’s gender remains irrelevant to me.
I recognize you seek to embrace your identity
and be fully who you are. That is honorable.
I seek to live, acknowledging my path that is genderless.
Yes, I am seen as a cis-gendered woman in this world.
By my love remains unbound by the confines
of our misconception of gender’s duality.
Oh judgement! You all are brutish beasts
and have lost your reason.
My heart will confirm
my lover does not define me.

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