In Thinking About Worth vs Church and Legislations

If it hadn’t been for its weight in pricelessness,
My gay soul would be in a garbage heap,
Scattered among the scraps and rottenness,
Left to rot and decay, buried deep.

Governments cast it back and forth,
Like a worn pair of die used to bargain for a win of food and other resources at the expense of my gay soul and those of my LGBTQIA+ siblings.

But my soul is precious, worth more than gold,
A priceless gem that shines with every thought,
A gift to cherish, to hold and behold,
A wonder to be seen, a soul that can’t be bought.

I think of my siblings in Camp Kakuma,
Seeking shelter among people who treat them with disdain because there’s no law that protects their gay existence. Where are the upstanding men in government who vow to serve and protect when humans are tortured by others for merely existing as LGBTQIA+?

For too long, I lived in fear and shame,
Hiding in the shadows, afraid to be seen,
But now I walk in the light of my name,
Embracing my truth, living life to the extreme.

Miss me with the bullshit of quoting scripture when it suits you,
The audacity to say God loves us all while you call for our deaths and destruction from
Your parliaments and churches.

I am gay, proud and free,
No longer chained by society’s norms,
I stand tall, knowing that nothing can defeat me,
For I have found my joy, my love, my form.

See me. Look me in the eye and tell me how it is that from a hairstyle, my gait, my clothes and manner of speech
You can tell who I love or fuck and where you get the authority to decide my fate in this life?

So if it hadn’t been for the pricelessness of my soul,
I may have ended up in a garbage heap,
But now I rise above, shining bright and whole,
A testament to the power of being true to me.

Written by Frank Malaba
Image by Frank Malaba

Me, at a march and picket in opposition to the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

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