Pride is more fabulous than shame
"Of all sweet passions Pride is much more fabulous than Shame."
In 1894, [Lord Alfred Douglas] published "In Praise of Shame", in the same issue of The Chamelon where he wrote of "the love that dare not speak its name". They are beautiful poems, and Oscar Wilde was kind enough to elucidate on this during his [trial].
But it's now over a century later. Shame's at best bittersweet, with sadness and anguish mixed in, and often an implication that you have something to be ashamed of. Enough already.
We're here. We're queer. And we're proud of it.
And we're happy to share our insights, too. Everybody, no matter how you choose to identify, can learn from this: pride in being able to love, and in who you love, is far more fabulous than shame.