Happy National Coming Out Day! It’s rather late in the day, but I thought I would post a short essay/appeal I wrote for my Facebook page last year.
No matter where you are in the coming out process, take a step today; set an example; give hope to someone less fortunate.
& if you are not started/just starting, remember: It Gets Better.
“I’m gay. I suspect you knew this( otherwise, please go to the service center and get your gaydar checked out), but in honor of National Coming Out Day, I thought I’d say it again today.
I encourage everyone, from not gay to completely out, to take a step today:
If you are mostly or completely closeted come out to at least one new person, or a whole social circle; step into the light and breathe the sweet air of freedom.
If you are already largely out, but maybe not entirely, I challenge you to make it official and complete, to set an example for those who will come after you- “But,” you say, “it’s just a part of who I am, and besides, it’s not most people’s business.”; well, maybe it should be: if you think it’s not important, consider how your reluctance looks to those living in fear; after all, if it’s really as unimportant as you claim, if you honestly are not just afraid, then why not mention it, even to those distant coworkers, today[ or this week], when you have an excuse, no, an important REASON to come out, instead of continuing to let it fall by the wayside?
If you are totally out and unashamed, or a non-GLBTQ ally, remind those you know who are closeted that wherever and whenever they come out, today, this week, or in 20 years, there are people like you who have seen or been through it before and will be there to support them and show them unconditional love.
And if you are really stuck in the closet and cannot tell anyone, but you see this… I promise, it gets better. Hang in there. Someday, you will find the place where you can be you, and I know you will be amazing. *hugs*
Know that I am here for all of you. If you have a problem, come to me, always. I will do what I can, & in return I only ask that you pay it forward.”
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