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“It’s National Coming Out Day! I am coming out for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.”

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.

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Chaz Bono, the transgender child of iconic pop duo Sonny and Cher, was recently announced as a contestant on the upcoming season of “Dancing With The Stars” and has been met with controversery ever since.

Chaz Bono, who was born Chasity Bono,  has been largerly active in LGBT community since 1995 when she announced that she was a lesbian and began undergoing a sex-change operation in 2008.  The DWTS message boards have been booming with controversial talk about Bono’s appearance on the reality show, with the largest concern focusing on family values.

One statement on the message board stated:

“YOUR choice to bring Chaz Bono into the mix goes too far. I am not about to risk the potential for on screen dialogue about sex changes and gender confusion while my 7 and 9 year old are watching. If you want the ‘anything goes’ hippy culture, then soon that is all you will get. You’ve lost us. In case any of you are wondering … no, we are NOT tolerant. We are not tolerant to allow any and all influences to come unfiltered into our home and especially to our children. This is truly a sad farewell.”

Though the star’s iconic mother, Cher, will not be not be making an appearance to support her child live, she has made her voice about the situation heard through social networking media, such as Twitter and Facebook.

Cher has made several infuriating comments regarding the controversary and continues to speak out for not only her child’s rights, but the rights of all LGBT members of the community.  One of the stars tweets stated, “I’m So f–kng Sick of these PEOPLE! A person doesn’t Wake up one Morn & say’I’m Bored, Think I’ll Change My Sex & Expose Myself 2 Ridicule & Hate.'”

Chaz Bono released a statement to Entertainment Weekly regarding the subject, saying:

“I’ve been into activism since ’95. I’m really used to this. I  debated Jerry Falwell and I’ve had people picket events I’ve been at, so it’s not that big of a deal. I have a very thick skin … otherwise you’d be upset all the time.  I look at it as a chess game.  These people have an agenda.  And I have one as well.”

“Dancing With The Stars” 13th season premiers Sept. 19 on ABC.  Tune in to see if  America can move past their criticisms and judge Chaz Bono strictly on his dancing ability.