Ode to LGBTQ


Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service


To be a male, or to be a female? 
To love Ophelia as the man I am or the woman that I could be? 
Or both 
That is the question! 
Do I love her as another or the self-same? 
Indeed, if Truth be told I love her as she or me, 
For I love myself – in all my genders 
Need I suffer the slings and arrows of Misbegotten gender 
Or, by confounding them, end the heart-ache,  
and the thousand unnatural shocks of binary tyranny 
That psyche is heir to, – ‘tis a consolation 
Devoutly to be wished. 
To mix and match; ay, there’s the rub; 
For what dreams may S/he have 
Must give me pause 


Michael Brenner is professor of international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh; a senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS-Johns Hopkins (Washington, D.C.), contributor to research and consulting projects on Euro-American security and economic issues. Publishes and teaches in the fields of US foreign policy, Euro-American relations, and the European Union. mbren@pitt.eduMore

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