My dads both grew up in conservative communities filled with individuals and institutions that weren’t exactly throwing pride parades or flying rainbow flags. In fact, both of my dads once promised themselves (like many LGBTQ+ kids) to never come out and to forever suffer in silence. This promise was based in fear—fear of rejection, of isolation, of pain and loneliness. Luckily, they failed to keep that promise, making us the full and complete and loving family we are today. •
However, despite the progress society has made, too many kids today are still growing up in communities that tell them that they are wrong for being who they were born to be. And too many adults still live and love in hiding, afraid to come out. And too many communities still espouse hate and too many people are fine with the government continuing to discriminate while LGBTQ+ individuals are asked to suffer in silence. •
Which is why #nationalcomingoutday is so important. Today is a day for people to reclaim their lives and stand up not only for themselves but also for those who are still stuck in communities or families that make it unsafe for them to speak up. It’s a day for people to be proud of who they are as individuals and as a community, to boldly refuse to hide anymore, and to continue the fight for equal rights for ALL. •
And for those of you who are not ready to come out or who are currently in unsafe situations or who feel lonely or isolated or targeted or unloved, know this: you are worthy of love and respect and security and safety. We fight especially for you. •
HAPPY COMING OUT, Y’ALL. •
(Resources and support available at places like: @thedccenter @casaruby @dclgbtq @trevorproject @humanrightscampaign @itgetsbetter)
EXCUSE ME @nationalparkservice BUT WE NEED TO DISCUSS PLANS FOR THE GUS MONUMENT. thank you in advance for your attention to this pressing matter.