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Who I Am.

I am white,
black, brown,
yellow, red…

But that’s not who I am.

I am male,
female, man,
woman,
yin, yang…

But that’s not who I am.

I am Christian,
Muslim, Jewish,
Buddhist, Taoist,
Hindu, Wiccan,
atheist, agnostic…

But that’s not who I am.

I am straight, gay,
lesbian, somewhere
along the
continuum…

But that’s not who I am.

I am American,
European, Indian,
Asian, Middle Eastern,
a child of the world…

But that’s not who I am.

I’m a lefty, a righty,
a leftist, a rightist,
liberal, conservative,
centrist,
ambidextrous,
bisexual,
queer…

But that’s not who I am.

When you label me,
you marginalize me.

When you see me only
as part of a group,
you diminish me.

When you assume
I act and think and feel
as others like me,
you delude yourself,
because there are no others
like me.

I am unique,
not a stereotype,
not a cliché,
not something you
can merely dismiss
without thought.

I’m tough.
I’m chaotic.
I’m a challenge.
I’m human…

I belong to groups,
but the groups don’t
define me.

If I tell you my eye color,
can you know what’s in my heart?
If I give you my shoe size,
will you get a glimpse into my soul?

If you want
to know me,
then talk to me,
listen to me.

Hear what I say,
read what I write.

See what I do,
watch how I live.

Learn what I love,
what I hate,
what I desire,
what I fear…

And what I hope for
and what I dream of.

Discover the wonder
that I am,
that you are,
that we all are:

Individual.

Unique.

Complex.

Indefinable.

Only then will you know
who I am.

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