National Coming Out Day

October 11, 2011 by staff 

National Coming Out DayNational Coming Out Day, We are living in revolutionary times. It can be difficult for college students out of the library long enough to get a good look at the world.

But even a glance at Twitter and Facebook on a given day overwhelm the average user in the news explaining that the Republican presidential candidate dodged tough questions about the gay community, the effects of the repeal of “Do not Ask, Do not Tell” or how the legalization of same-sex marriages in New York has sent a message to states without similar measures. Any cursory look around Columbus will show a vibrant gay community walking among their heterosexual peers largely without fear of reprisal for leading what used to be, at best, considered an “alternative lifestyle” and the worst cases, considered a serious threat to the foundations of society.

Given the rapid pace of progress in almost every front in the struggle for equality in the gay community, I often find myself putting your feet up and taking it easy. After all, the movement has built enough momentum to resolve, it seems. And like me, many people who spent time in the trenches battling misconceptions and absolute discrimination among their own families and communities appear in the small town of Columbus, one of the friendliest cities in the world for the LGBT community, and are content to go with the flow of the national battle for equality is fought by others on the national stage.

But for every head of utter another victory for the gay community in their quest for equal marriage rights or the opportunity to serve their country openly, there is a disturbing story describing teenagers who commit suicide in the middle of bullying about his sexuality perceived no matter what they personally identify. Although I am proud to be living in a time when the problems that have long affected the community are being discussed and moved often, it is clear that discrimination against gay people extends far beyond the legal issues of marriage or military service.

I have been out as a gay man four years, and in the long process I found out that it is the big question of marriage or military service that determines how I felt about being different. No matter whether they were representative of gays and lsbns on TV (but “Degrassi: The Next Generation” will help), what mattered how he reacted to my brothers. It was not asked if he could marry one day, I found myself in my school career I was wondering if would have any friends left.

That does not mean that civil liberties for the LGBT community is not important, but it will not be the great battles waged around the country who determine the fate of the next gay teenager teetering on the brink of despair, it will if people who were closest to him come to comfort and guide you through a process that is as terrible as it is confusing.

Is National Coming Out on Tuesday, but instead of waiting passively sit and wait for someone close to take the plunge and come out, it is clear to all those around you that sexual orientation has no impact in the value of friendship. Call someone for the dissemination and hateful speech that serves only to isolate those who are already in a high-pressure situation. While many might say, “gets better” is more correct to say “You have to do better for yourself and those around you”, so take a proactive stance and get in as many ways as possible. In a war for cultural acceptance of an oppressed minority that has killed yet, there is little room for rest.

Yes, we live in revolutionary times, but there is much work to do.

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