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National Coming Out Day

October 11, 2011 by staff 

National Coming Out DayNational Coming Out Day, Happy National Coming Out! National Coming Out day is celebrated annually on October 11 to commemorate the 1987 March on Washington for Le****n and Gay Rights, founded a few months later by a group of lsbn, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) leaders with the aim of promoting a world that is safe for LGBT people to be open and honest about their identities.

For people who identify as gay, lsbn or bisexual, “coming out” is the term used to describe the process when first identifies sexual orientation as something other than heterosexual activities and guidance to others . For people who identify as transgender, “coming out” refers to the identification of gender as it does not match one’s biological sex. Therefore, this first occurs internally, as the individual begins to question his / her sexual orientation or gender identity. Over time the person begins to accept non-heterosexual orientation or transgender identity, which is “out” oneself. Over time, people begin to feel uncomfortable or dishonest when they share their sexual orientation or transgender people in their lives and decide to do, which is “coming out” to others.

Coming out is associated with many different feelings, such as confusion, fear, sadness, worry, relief, empowerment and pride. Sometimes, especially for people who know nothing about LGBT or LGBT-friendly, can also be a feeling of being alone or “unique.”

It is important to know that these feelings are normal and they are not alone if you are someone who is questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, or if a loved one who has just come to you and you are not sure how to handle.

Coming out to others leads to a series of possible consequences.

Often, after leaving to others, people feel good about the possibility of being genuine and honest with someone they care about and experience relief not having to hide their identities. Furthermore, on leaving others can lead to winning the support of the people you go out, to gain acceptance for who they are, and be able to share part of their lives (eg, information about a romantic partner) with others. On the other hand, leaving the others can be a way to educate others about LGBT concerns (including dispelling myths about sexual orientation and gender identity) and the connection to the LGBT community.

On the other hand, leaving the other has some risks. There is a risk that the person to whom you leave will not react as expected, leading to hurt feelings of rejection and possibly even harassment or discrimination. As it relates to leaving the workplace is important to know that in many states it is legal to fire someone based on sexual orientation and / or gender identity.

There is no “best” way to reach others. Coming out is a very personal decision that requires weighing the risks and benefits of doing so. The “best” way is really what it feels better to you as the person leaving – it’s important to do what is most comfortable for you in the timeline that is most comfortable for you. Talking with a psychotherapist or LGBT hotline (a few links are below) can be a great first step in figuring this.

It is often easier to start with the person you think will be more support or acceptance. This may be someone who is LGBT yourself or someone who has said things that indicate he or she is supportive of LGBT concerns. Can help to write or practice what you say before you say.

After reaching out to others, remember that the first reactions (especially negative) are not always permanent. Note that at the point that out to someone, you’ve probably been thinking about their identity that are not heterosexual or transsexual for a long time, and was a process to be well with him. People who come to also pass through a process of coming to terms with their sexual orientation or transgender identity.

In addition, it is best to remember that the departure is not a one time event. Although often it gets easier with time, is something that is going to do over and over again in his life as he meets new people or get into new contexts.

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