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LGBTQ Pride Poems

Lesbian, gay, and queer love poetry to celebrate gay pride.

LGBTQ Pride Poems
Detail of Genesis mosaic mural, Covarrubias. Photo by Steven Snodgrass


Feeling Proud at Pride
As June rolls around again, we stop to remember the Stonewall rioters, who fought back against a police raid of a gay bar in the West Village on June 28, 1969, and take a moment to appreciate the beauty and goodness of our queer lives, what Allen Ginsberg calls holy, what Audre Lorde exhorts us not to waste.

Footnote to Howl” by Allen Ginsberg

Movement Song” by Audre Lorde

A History of Sexual Preference” by Robin Becker

Prayer” by Francisco X. Alarcón

Three Addresses” by Terence Winch

Poem about My Rights” by June Jordan

The Mortician in San Francisco” by Randall Mann


Feeling Ambivalent at Pride
Sometimes Gay Pride leaves out the complicated reality of our lives, tries to squish us into a new ill-fitting box. There’s a poem for that.

Who Said It Was Simple” by Audre Lorde

My Voice” by Rafael Campo

Homosexuality” by Frank O’Hara

Ordinary Time” by Tim Dlugos

White Spine” by Henri Cole


Queer Poets on Queer Poets
Poems from the long tradition of queer poets writing to poet friends, lovers, and ancestors. 

The Lyric In A Time of War” by Eloise Klein Healy

Duncan” by Thom Gunn

Breakfast with Thom Gunn” by Randall Mann

In Memory of Joe Brainard” by Frank Bidart

James Schuyler” by David Trinidad

Three Dreams about Elizabeth Bishop” by J.D. McClatchy

Burroughs” by Robert Glück

Elegy for Kari Edwards” by Julian Talamantez Brolaski

To the Angelbeast” by Eduardo C. Corral





Originally Published: May 18, 2012


On June 26, 2014 at 1:23am suzanne wrote:
No Walt Whitman?

On June 27, 2014 at 4:04pm kizer wrote:
No Adrienne Rich?

On June 28, 2015 at 11:54pm Jordan wrote:
No Andrea Gibson? Denice Frohman? Dominique


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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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