Archive for October, 2013

Why National Coming Out Day is Important

October 11, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s National Coming Out Day (NCOD). That goes for LGBTQ people and the straight people who love them.

This morning, I told my kids that it’s NCOD and said, “Your mom is gay. I hope you still love me.” They laughed and rolled their eyes. My son thought it was silly when I told him about NCOD. He said there’s a day for everything, including pancakes.

True. But it’s important. It’s important because there are people out there terrified of being hated for who they are. Or scared to admit that their family member is gay. They are hiding and feel alone. They are scared of being judged, kicked out of the house or kicked out of church. There are other people who think they don’t know a gay person. People who are scared and mislead. People who think LGBT people are God hating monsters intent on ruining society. They believe this because it’s what they were told and no one has shown them any different.

That’s why LGBT people and their allies need to “come out” and stand up. So LGBT people won’t feel alone. So others won’t stay in the dark, hating what they don’t know.