National Coming Out Day

Before you get any crazy ideas, I’m not coming out.

Instead, I wanted to write a quick thought on what today represents and how it has affected my straight, cisgender self.

Though I do not understand the anxiety and discrimination that the LGBTQ+ community endures on a daily basis, my life has been touched by so many individuals in this community that I would be remiss if I failed to mention the amount of positivity that this community brings to my life.

No matter what your stance is on this community, it hardly matters when you spend some time getting to know the people. As a straight, cisgender myself, I know that the labels can be hard to follow or confusing to identify at a moment’s notice. However, I think the beauty of this community is that, while the labels matter, the overarching theme is to love the person, regardless of their sexual identity. This community strives to be a safe space for any and every person. Our heteronormative society could take some notes on how to be accepting and loving to those around us.

I grew up in the South, in Texas, in a Christian church. So, this is a subject that I have wrestled with, I am wrestling with, and I’m sure will continue to wrestle with in the future. However, this I know: while there are a lot of things that I love about the church, there are always ways to improve. Specifically, when addressing the LGBTQ+ community. We as a church should meet this community with love and acceptance, not condemnation and rebukes.

While I don’t know or have the answers to everything, I do know that my life is exponentially better due to the addition of various people who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. You make my life fun, you challenge my worldview, you bring me joy, and you have taught me so much about myself and those around me.

Happy National Coming Out Day to all my lovies.

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