National Coming Out Day

Here in the U.S. and other places it is National Coming Out Day. Yay for coming out! Boo for shame and bigotry!

Forgive me if I may stumble into ineloquence here:

Hugs all around for those who come out today. Coming out isn't easy for many folks. But it can be one of the most important things we, as queers*, can do. Only once the atmosphere or fear, shame, guilt, self-loathing, bigotry and hatred has been done away with, will coming out no longer be an act of courage.

Gentle hugs and understanding too, for all those who cannot come out. For those who would suffer real consequences, at home, at work, in service to our country. One day things will be different. That day, hopefully, will be here soon.

And thanks to allies everywhere, for the support, for being friends, for being partners, for being lovers, for being there on the behalf of equality and justice, for being there for us, when we need it, and even when we don't.

Happy National Coming Out day.

*however you self-identify.

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