Congratulations to all who are taking this opportunity to come out, and happy anniversary to those who’ve done so in the past!
I don’t think we need a “holiday” to celebrate coming out, but I love the fact that we have a day to honor everyone who has come out. Coming out of the closet is a right of passage for homosexuals. It’s that moment when we no longer have to hide who we are inside, and announce to the world that we are no longer hiding, or ashamed, or terrified to be who we are. I know a lot of people hesitate about this decision, and rightfully so in some cases, but I am of the mindset that people in your life need to accept ALL of you, not just the parts they like best.
After coming out, there are some hard times, I won’t lie about that. But after you do it, you feel so much better. It’s like a weight gets lifted off of your shoulders. You will have people leave your life, but if they can’t accept you as you are, are they worth it? You will have people make fun of you, but they are only trying to distract everyone from their own insecurities. Some people will even be downright mean, but they aren’t living your life and their opinion does not matter.
By coming out, we are announcing to the world that we are proud to be who we are. No one’s approval is required, the only person you are required to make happy in your life is you. By coming out, you are showing you have nothing to hide in your life, while still showing you are free to love who you want without judgment…who you choose to love should only involve the two of you anyway.
Come out. Stand up for who you are. Be proud to be who you are. Do not fear what others will think, do, or say. Be your own voice.
If you have already came out, be supportive to those who are still hiding around you. Show them there is no fear in being who they are. Continue to be out and proud of yourself.
Everyone deserves the right to be who they are without fear.
Happy National Coming Out Day!