Twitter, it's Pride Month. And I am going to share one of my absolute favorite queer poems of the 17th century. Indeed, it's a big part of my screen name.

"To the Fair Clarinda, Imagined More Than Woman" by Aphra Behn (1/)
Fair lovely Maid, or if that Title be
Too weak, too Feminine for Nobler thee,
Permit a Name that more Approaches Truth:
And let me call thee, Lovely Charming Youth." (2/)
"This last will justifie my soft complainte,
While that may serve to lessen my constraint;
And without Blushes I the Youth persue,
When so much beauteous Woman is in view
Against thy Charms we struggle but in vain
With thy deluding Form thou giv’st us pain," (3/)
"While the bright Nymph betrays us to the Swain.
In pity to our Sex sure thou wer’t sent,
That we might Love, and yet be Innocent:
For sure no Crime with thee we can commit;
Or if we shou’d – thy Form excuses it." (4/)
"For who, that gathers fairest Flowers believes
A Snake lies hid beneath the Fragrant Leaves.
/ Thou beauteous Wonder of a different kind,
Soft Cloris with the dear Alexis join’d;
When e’er the Manly part of thee, wou’d plead
Thou tempts us with the Image of the Maid," (5/)
"While we the noblest Passions do extend
The Love to Hermes, Aphrodite the Friend." (6/6)

Happy definition-breaking Pride!

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