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Coming out is a process of allowing yourself to be seen more fully, and to experience more belonging and celebration for who you are as a unique erotic being. Coming out is for ALL of us – and is a process we can all engage with again and again, as an act of personal and political freedom.
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Gay brothers and sisters, you must come out. Come out to your parents. I know that it is hard and will hurt them, but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives. Come out to your friends, if indeed they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors, to your fellow workers, to the people who work where you eat and shop. Come out only to the people you know, and who know you, not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths. Destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake.Harvey Milk, 1978
No matter how you identify, the queer liberation movement offers you more breathing room to be who you are. As we expand (destroy?) the boxes that limit us – gender roles, identity binaries, social hierarchies – we create more space for all of us to be more HUMAN.
Let’s work towards a world where we can all be complex, nuanced and radiantly erotic humans. Queer Pride month is not about fitting in – it is about coming home to ourselves as erotic human beings, in all of our mysterious and wondrous beauty.
It’s about creating a world where ALL bodies are loved and respected. A world with more rainbows, yes, but also with nothing short of erotic liberation for us all!
More Resources On Coming Out:
- The Coming Out Handbook by The Trevor Project
- Listen to the voices of the queer revolutionaries who started the Stonewall riots, and move through global history through a gay lens on this page, a wonderful resource to learn about gay history.