Hey my fellow MCers!!!!! It was recommended that I post this on the main chat forums for those nonGold members. But this should give you an idea of the wonderful posts that happen over there--think about joining Gold!!!!!!
Let me be one of the myriad to say have a great day! For those of you who are out, please make sure you celebrate that!
And if you are not, I encourage you to think about it! I can only speak for myself but coming out was one of the liberating things that has ever happened to me. Perhaps later, I'll post the tale of the whole experience...but there's no need to bore you with something that isn't, I'm afraid, very exciting. But I do encourage you all, in fact, challenge you all, to post a brief moment in your history when you focused on becoming who you should be.
Heck, even admitting your Disney-crazed should count!
The goal of this day is to let others know that we are out there, that's all. It's not to put down those who are closeted, but show the benefits of being out. Ideally, we are supposed to find a person we trust and tell them who we really are. I think that is important.
I live my life in the opposite direction. I always keep in the back of my head that everyone knows. And when they see my ring finger and say, "what's your wife's name?" I always, without anger (it's perfectly normal to assume that the majority of the populace is straight), say, "oh, I'm sorry, his name is David." I don't scream. I don't yell. Even as recent as Friday one of coworkers wanted to know why I've not put my unemployed spouse on my insurance.
"He's a man. They don't recognize that here."
She gawked in shock. "Oh? But, you said you were married..."
"But, oh, I thought that would mean..."
And another person realized that minorities like ourselves are still in a struggle.
Obama mentioned last night, at the Human Rights Campaign, that he will follow through on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Politics aside (please people...keep it to the Debate Lounge), we are being talked about by a standing president. He could only do that if he knew we existed and voted. And we can only do that if he knew we were out and standing before him.
So, please, consider the day.
And if you're straight---why stop there? No, I don't mean for you to say "I'm gay" just for the sheer fun of it...but come out saying, "I'm straight, but I support gays and lesbians!"
And we love you for it!
On and on I go. Too much coffee.
So, in the end, Happy National Coming Out Day. I'm crazy about you all. I also think you all look fantastic. It's kinda the guy I am.