If you, like myself, were among millions who shared their facebook or twitter status to the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Day, you are not unfamiliar to the message.
Many people who see this yearly message simply roll their eyes and move on. These are the people who cannot even begin to understand what coming out as gay, lesbian, bixsexual or transgender truly signifies. Some of these people even see coming out as a joke.
The bottom line is this: there’s no easy way to come out of the closet. Many gays and lesbians even say it’s the most difficult thing they have ever done in their lives. It most of the time it’s met with judgment, rejection and, in many cases, hatred.
This is why so many homosexuals remain closeted throughout the majority of their lives. They are simply afraid of what kinds of reactions they might get from family, friends and co-workers. But, how could you live a normal, healthy life if you were lying to these people every day? The fear of coming out causes many homosexuals to cut themselves from the rest of the world and deny themselves for who they truly are just because some of society tells us that it’s not acceptable.
This is why coming out is important. Whether you’re gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, gender-queer, or even if you’re just a straight ally. National Coming Out Day is not about annoying people who see homosexuality as wrong…it’s about letting those who are afraid to come know know their not alone and about giving them the courage to stand up for who they are and what they believe.
So for those people, I’m saying this:
My name is Kyle Shane Woosley and I am coming out for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. I’m not afraid to stand up or speak out for who I am and what I believe in. My goal is advocate equality for all people and provide comfort to those who need it.