In addition to today being a voter registration deadline day in Texas and several states, today is also National Coming Out Day
It was founded in 1988 and is based on the principle of the personal being political. As much as people claim they don’t want to be activists, your first and most powerful act of activism is coming out as a trans, bi, gay, or lesbian person.
If you’re not ready to do that today, don’t worry. Take your time. Do so when you’re comfortable with the coming out decision and have thought out the details for your life post coming out because it won’t be the same afterwards.
Is coming out an easy process? Depends on the individual and their life circumstances at the time.
Yes it can be challenging and bumpy at times. I still have challenges from time to time even 22 years post my coming out April 4, 1994 date. But what you gain after doing so far outweighs the drama you’ll have to navigate.
For those of you who are trans and come out today, congratulations! Thanks for taking that first courageous step on the road to living as your true self. You are about to gain another set of family members not related to you by blood around the world. You are about to join a community that has a proud history, some amazing people and allies who support us, and despite the haters, we have and will survive and thrive despite their loud and wrong rhetoric.
Welcome to the family! Happy National Coming Out Day!