Today is National Coming Out Day, and I wanted to take a minute to remind you all of the importance of coming out. Coming out is the first step in changing hearts and minds. That guy next door, the humble Christian? He’s also gay. That professor you respect, think is funny and smart and you want to be just like her? She’s transgender. Public politics create the changes we all need and deserve, but personal stories change hearts and minds… and hearts and minds that change make changes in the voting booth.
It’s not easy, and it takes more courage to say those few words than it does to give a lengthy speech in front of a crowd of people. But think of all the weight and pain that results from staying in the closet. I can’t say that life is cake from there on, but I can tell you life gets so much better from taking that simple step. That weight will never be on your shoulders again. It’s freeing.
I’m Alex and I’m an openly gay transgender man. Today is National Coming Out Day, and I’m coming out for equality. Not just for me, but for you too.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Gay brothers and sisters, you must come out. Come out to your relatives… come out to your friends, if indeed they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors… to your fellow workers… to the people who work where you eat and shop. Come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and the distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade to Eugene.” – Harvey Milk