Pride Month – Coming Out Poetry and Spoken Word

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Choosing to pursue a life that is authentically and uniquely yours requires radical honesty.

Pride Month – Coming Out Stories

Any trailblazer would agree that it takes strength to share your truth in the face of adversity. These pride month coming out poems from the LGBTQ+ community is no different in that aspect. Despite being misunderstood and underrepresented for… well, centuries, the members of this community still choose to bravely express their truths knowing that an authentic life is their best shot at a happy life.

Every coming out story is unique. Some involve being met with fear or anger while others are met with a liberating display of compassion. Empowering or terrifying, sharing your truth is always freeing. Ultimately, life is short and fleeting.

Choosing to embrace every chance we have at happiness is always worth the risk.

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For every soul who’s endured the challenge of coming out or for those who are simply looking to be reminded they’re not alone, here are some of our favorite LGBTQ+ poems and spoken word videos. Our hope is these help you feel seen, supported, and, most of all, proud to live authentically!


Movement Song by Audre Lorde
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Coming Out of the Closet by xxRainbowDawnxx
A History of Sexual Preference by Robin Becker
I love you to the moon & by Chen Chen
Summer by Chen Chen
Gay Pride Weekend, S.F. 1992 by Brenda Shaugnessy

Spoken Word

Lee Mokobe: A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender

Coming Out (and Being Pushed Back In) by Megan Falley

Dear Straight People by Denice Frohman

I Didn’t Mean To by Max Keate

A Gay Poem by Keith Jarrett

The artistic work is never expired from courage voices like these. Explore last year’s favorite pride month poetry.