It's no secret that
coming out is difficult. Obviously,
some are prejudiced against people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Our own leaders don't support gay marriage-President Obama, often called the most liberal member of the Senate during the 2008 presidential campaign, has expressed in interviews his belief in the sanctity of traditional marriage.
Congressional Democrats have treated GLBT rights as a non-priority issue, disregarding the overwhelming support (and campaign dollars) they receive from the gay community. Casual homophobia pervades our culture: I overhear people saying "that's so gay" or calling someone a fag almost every day, even on our supposedly tolerant and culturally diverse campus. These comments are particularly insidious because they allow homophobia to proliferate even among those who claim to be accepting. National Coming Out Day, celebrated annually on October 11, recognizes how important coming out is in combating homophobia, engendering tolerance, and increasing GLBT pride. It provides closeted people with a community of support, making it easier for them to come out, and increases GLBT visibility by demonstrating that GLBT people and their allies are everywhere......
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Posted by De Sube at 10/06/2009 03:30:00 PM