Poem Sampler

LGBTQ Pride Poems

Lesbian, gay, and queer love poetry to celebrate gay pride.
By The Editors


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.

I Sing the Body Electric” by Walt Whitman

Footnote to Howl” by Allen Ginsberg

Movement Song” by Audre Lorde

Dear Gaybashers” by Jill McDonough

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 18th, 2012
  1. June 26, 2014

    No Walt Whitman?

  2. June 28, 2014

    No Adrienne Rich?

  3. June 29, 2015

    No Andrea Gibson? Denice Frohman? Dominique

  4. July 8, 2015
     Joanne Kingston

    Here's one I wrote a while ago for
    the SF Pride festival this month

    Equality without Exception

    Equality without exception
    Is the way our world should be
    We're all brothers, we're all sisters
    Of the same community
    This culture is of many
    The differences we embrace
    Multicolored, multisexed, multiply
    The multitudes to make
    A cultural revolution
    Where culture takes the reign.
    We don't hate, we just love
    We make choices- they are free
    This world should be simple
    It should be reality.
    Take pride in all our differences
    Take pride we're not the same
    Take pride in what we believe in
    Our love should have no name.
    Equality without exception
    The way our world should be
    So my brothers and my sisters
    Let's just be 'community!'

    By Joanne Kingston