A Collection About LGBT Movement (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender):
Over The Stone Wall, Coming Out, Movement, Out Of Time
From the perspective of a male this collection deals with the LGBT movement. From the Stonewall movement in 1969 to the present poetry is the outlet for these very different men to tell their stories. The collection includes a man who came out to his parents in the south on the day that the Stonewall Movement began. A man who talks about how unfair it is that straight people don’t have to “come out” but gay/lesbian people do. The final poem touches the hearts of many as a man who is celebrating his one hundredth birthday remembers the day he tried to tell his family that he was gay and they rejection he received. In the end he decides that the best way to live is to never express himself again. Comparing his life to that of the humming birds that sing to him outside of his window. As he accepts the choices of his life he hums, and dances into loving himself and hoping for the love of another before he dies.
- Over The Stone Wall I was born on July 1, 1951. Let that sink in for a moment. I was fabulously born on July 1, 1951 in Little Rock, Arkansas. If you've never experienced the true country you need to come to Little Rock or better yet come to one of the cities, or small towns shall I say right outside of Little Rock. There's something to be said about the ability to live, thrive, and survive in the south. As I walked down the streets and experienced the Civil Rights Movement as a white child I thought to myself, “I too had a right that I'm willing to fight for.” Would I ever stand up? If I would ever be able to do as they did and join hands and arms and fight and march for what I believed in? What did I believe in? I believed that I was different but still thought I was special. I believed that I was different but still important. I believed that I was different but that my difference made me who I am. And when 1969 came my fight became real.