‘Coming out’ unifies, strengthens community

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commonly placed on anyone in the LGBTQ community.

The act of coming out is the idea that a person with an “uncommon” sexuality or gender identity is for some reason expected to disclose this characteristic with others, despite the fact that those details are never asked of anyone outside the LGBTQ community.

Over the summer, Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender, shocking the nation and governing the media even up until this point.

For this act she was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage award and it was perceived that the LGBTQ community had gained giant steps forward having a transgender celebrity representative.

Jenner resembles Ellen DeGeneres in making strides in LGBTQ community.

The stumbling block in these steps forward arose when the Jenner and DeGeneres came together for “The Ellen Show” and Caitlyn announced on public television that she preferred the idea of “traditional marriage” between one man and one woman.

The irony speaks for itself that a transgender woman would disclose this closed-minded view to a female celebrity who is married to another woman. Unfortunately, for many this irony is not humorous.

With National Coming Out day approaching quickly on Oct. 11, it makes it that much more difficult for those preparing to come out that a national LGBTQ celebrity would look down upon the idea of same-sex relationships.

Being a part of a community so pressured and burdened as the LGBTQ community is, ought to inspire everyone in it to stand unified together.

When a person comes out, whether it is sexual orientation or gender identity, they are seeking understanding and acceptance.

To find an absence of that in one’s own community is discouraging.

Coming out should mean coming out with the support of your equals. A house divided against itself, cannot stand.


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