Tuesday, October 11, 2016

On Becoming

Today is National Coming Out Day, October 11. Started in 1989, Wikipedia says the founding organization believes "...homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and [...] once people know that they have loved ones who are lesbian or gay, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views."

In the early 90’s, I’m not sure my high school would have had a “coming out day,” or even an LGBT student group. It very well may have, but if so, it was underground enough that I don’t remember it. They certainly weren’t parading down the halls or decorating lockers during Pride Month. I remember there was one student people described as gay in hushed tones, but that was second- or third-hand information. He was able to give backrubs to girls the rest of us wanted to date. Perhaps I should be gay? Pretty sure you have to get one ear pierced though. It’s the rules.