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Shame Or Protection
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TITLE (EDIT)
Shame Or Protection
DESCRIPTION
You be the judge.
[985 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Gay & Lesbian
AUTHOR
Skyler Drevan
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am Jeff, writer, dreamer, realist.
[July 2006]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
jlwilliams22@aol.com
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (100)
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A Memoir Of Angst (Poetry) - [50 words]
A Night At The Cineplex (Short Stories) Sometimes I feel like watching a flick, sometimes I feel like this. [957 words]
A Reflection Of Love (Poetry) - [23 words]
A Ride On The New York City Subway (Short Stories) If you live or have traveled on our lovely subway systems here, you would totally understand this piece. [1,115 words] [Drama]
A Spark Of Light Through The Valley (Poetry) - [253 words]
An Ode To Man's Best Friend (Poetry) - [199 words]
Another Beggar's At The Door (Poetry) - [221 words]
Asleep (Poetry) - [170 words]
Asphyxiate (Poetry) - [169 words]
Attorney At Law (Poetry) - [218 words]
Battle Cry (Essays) Another self discovery made in the middle of a restless night. [438 words] [Psychology]
Blue Bird (Poetry) - [142 words] [Fable]
Child Murder (Short Stories) Another story written for my psychology class on a study in child criminalization in the last fifty to a hundred years. [7,471 words] [Psychology]
Christianity (Non-Fiction) - [113 words] [Mind]
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Devoted Husband And Father (Short Stories) - [268 words] [Fable]
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Double Indifference (Poetry) - [43 words]
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Forever Mystery (Poetry) - [136 words]
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If I Had Only Known Then (Poetry) - [36 words]
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Intensely And Beautifully Obscene (Poetry) - [49 words]
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Isn't It Strange? (Poetry) - [24 words]
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My Swan Song (Poetry) - [78 words]
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Partners Slowly Slipping Away (Poetry) - [218 words]
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Remains (Poetry) - [56 words]
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Satisfaction Guaranteed: Refundexchange (Poetry) - [70 words]
Small World (Poetry) - [137 words]
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Success (Short Stories) Another part of my 'Fable' anthology. [275 words] [Fable]
The Cave (Poetry) - [296 words]
The Door (Short Stories) Another addition to my 'Fable' collection. [287 words] [Fable]
The Down-Low Life (It's A Two Way Street) (Non-Fiction) This is an article on the double life that women (bisexual, lesbian, curious or the like) lead behind the backs of their partners. This topic is often discussed but it is often focused on the men who ... [2,218 words] [Relationships]
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The Fire Is Almost Out (Poetry) - [100 words]
The Fruitstand At Lunchtime (Poetry) - [72 words]
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The Mother Of All Birthdays (Short Stories) - [1,850 words] [Fan Fiction]
The Painful Mistake Of Losing You (Poetry) - [106 words]
The Plight Of Man (Poetry) - [215 words]
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The Study Of Balls (Poetry) The title may be a bit misleading. [114 words]
The Vacation In Vain (Poetry) - [42 words]
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Thirsty (Poetry) A hunger, a greed or a passion? [144 words]
Thoughtless (Poetry) I wrote this one just a moment ago when I woke up after a restless sleep. I woke up feeling empty and decided to write. This is what came out of me. [160 words]
To All The Forgotten (Poetry) - [124 words]
To Whom Beauty Holds (Short Stories) All about Vanity. [2,545 words] [Fable]
Trust In Dreams (Poetry) - [100 words] [Fable]
Unanswered Letters (Short Stories) - [354 words] [Fable]
Unclear Explanation (Poetry) A poem written about uncertainty. [62 words]
Videotape (Short Stories) This is a short story I wrote after reading a particularly interesting book and was far too full of anxiety to sleep. This is a disturbing story that deals with cannibalism and pedophilia. I wrote it ... [7,472 words] [Crime]
Vulnerable (Essays) The middle of the night thoughts. This is a little something based on a seris of unsettling dreams I had in the middle of the night on February, 8th 2003. It's meaning is unknown even to me. I guess t... [263 words] [Mind]
Watching Me Fade (Poetry) - [54 words]
We Stand (Poetry) - [282 words] [Gay & Lesbian]
When Straight Guys Go Gay (Non-Fiction) This is a real life account of a guy my friends and I met online who had questions about his sexuality. [2,810 words] [Gay & Lesbian]
When The Ginger Boy Sings (Poetry) - [226 words]
With You Next To Me (Poetry) - [123 words]
Within The Depths Of His Eyes (Poetry) Only when you're truly in love, can you feel this way. [55 words]
Worms In My Grandmother's Garden (Poetry) An old peom I found that I wrote when I was very young helping my grandmother in her prized tomato garden. Circa, 1991. [120 words]
Shame Or Protection
Skyler Drevan


Last week, my boyfriend Ivy and I headed south to visit some of my family members for a few days; just to get out of the city for a while. Before heading there, my cousin Donna mentioned to me that she and her friends had a few things planned to entertain the two of us while we were there. I even received a call from one of her friends, Allen, who mentioned some of the things he wanted us to check out.

When I spoke with him on the afternoon before we were scheduled to leave, I kind of knew what he wanted us to do. He spoke very lightly and femininely. He said that he and his friend of three years Angel was going to take us to a part of Washington D.C. called Dupont Square where there is an array of clubs, bars and cafťís to hang out at. At the time, I didnít know what those places was all about so I naively said that I was looking forward to it. I knew that they didnít know I was gay so there was no real way they could suggest going to a gay club or bar without telling me first. So I assumed.

The morning we got to Virginia, Donna told me about the plans once again that now included her best friend of sixteen years Marilyn. Again we agreed and only asked that we get a few hours sleep because of the long trip from New York to Washington. Later that night after Marilyn, Allen and Angel had arrived; we headed out without Cousin Donna. Donna had originally planned to go but had last minute hair issues and could not attend. That situation alone made me not want to go only because aside from Marilyn, I had never met any of those people and felt a little uncomfortable with them. They were not among the age group of my friends back home and seemed to have different interest than I did.

Before we headed out (after countless timed trying unsuccessfully to get Donna to attend), Angel asked me what I liked to do. He asked me if I was into dancing and clubs and what kind of music I listened too. I told him that I liked having a good time just like any other person. The only problem was I had no idea what kind of good time they had in mind.

When we all left the house and headed to Dupont Square, I noticed that Allen and Angel were talking of things to do and who they were going to dance with and the kind of shows they were going to see. Angel in particular spoke of a boy he had an attraction too and whom he has been trying to land for weeks. The club this boy frequents was one of the clubs that Angel wanted us to attend. He said that weíd surely have a good time. My immediate thought was how was he so sure that Iíd have a good time when he didnít know I was gay?

Not that only gay guys would have fun at what is surely a gay club but letís face it, you donít take a straight guyóor a guy that you donít knowóto a gay club unless you are certain of his sexuality. And if that was the case, if he knew I was gay without even asking, should I feel that I am a little too telling with the way I act and present myself to other people. I admit that there are times where I can be the gayest of gays but that is only in situations where I am absolutely comfortable with the other person and I allow him or her to make the proper assumption about me. Is that statement within itself pretentious? Is it pretentious of me to assume that I have the ability to turn on and off my sexuality?

By the time the night was over, I was perplexed; severely. I didnít want to be touched or held by Ivy nor did I want people to assume I was gay. I donít know whether it is a protection issue or if it is something that deep down I am ashamed of. There are times where I assume that people know I am gay but there are times that I feel I am completely covered and, in a way; protected by people who may have a prejudice towards gays. Even here in my home town of NYC, I feel that I cannot totally be comfortable with myself because of overpowering stares and snickers.

Can what I am feeling be self hate in some way? Can I really be afraid of people knowing Iím gay because in some way I perceive this as a weakness? Does the thought of my cousin knowing I am gay somehow threaten me? Should I feel violated? Could my sexuality be the one thing that stops me from doing the things I want to do and going to places I want to go out of fear of exposure? Or am I protecting myself from the dangers that gays and lesbians often face when out in a bigoted and judgmental public? Whatís more important is that I have no idea if what I am feeling is a feeling of protection or shame. I donít think I am ashamed of being gay but if it turns out I am, what do I do next? If I am ashamed of what I am, that mean I, in some way, hate who I am and thus do not love myself. If I do not love myself how could I love anyone else? I am confused.
 

One Day
One day we will have power and a voice.
One day we will have equality and freedom
One day we will have acceptance and encouragement.
All one day.
 
--Jeffrey L. Williams

 

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"A great story of turmoil or acceptance! It;s amazing how much power society has over us. We can stop being ourselves to please it like jamming a right foot in a left shoe so we can fit is or not upset someone. I am not Gay but I know the struggles faced with gay people is a struggle on two side...them accepting who they are and the world accepting who they are! " -- e. rocco caldwell.

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November 2003
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