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October: National Coming Out Month At The New Civil Rights Movement

by Caleb Eigsti on September 22, 2010

in Caleb Eigsti,Personal,Readers' Stories

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Editor’s note:

Visit “The Out October Project” for the latest information on our project, and see all the stories here.

This year as we approach National Coming Out Day (NCOD) I’ve had a different feeling than in the past. Normally, I would let the day slide by and not really think about it. It’s never held a huge significance in my life. And I’ve always thought, why just one day out of the year? However, this year it hit me — the connection finally hit me — LGBT youth are three times as likely to attempt suicide. LGBT youth need role models. LGBT youth need hope.

So I decided to celebrate the whole month with stories from readers and people prominent in the LGBT community, as a way to bring hope to those in our community who are still in the closet, or struggling with the process of coming out. We all know it can be difficult and it’s a process that one has to do on one’s own time frame, but no one should have to do it alone.

Here is my call. I ask you to write down your story, or record it on video. Tell us how you felt about it, tell us how people reacted, tell us what it meant for and to you, and what time this took place, in your life and in society. We all know that during these times in our lives we’ve needed hope and encouragement. If you’re comfortable, we would love to have a head shot of you or a photo of you and your loved one.

For the 31 days of October I am going to post a story a day (maybe two if I have enough!) here at The New Civil Rights Movement, to highlight people, of all sexual orientations and identities, who have “Taken the next step.”

Please join us and help fight the hopelessness that some members of the LGBT community are feeling.

All stories should be submitted to newcivilrightsmovement@gmail.com by September 30, 2010. Attach your photo to the email, preferably in jpg format.

By the way, the official National Coming Out Day is October 11, 2010 for all of us here in the States, however if you are in the U.K., it is October 12, 2010.

Don’t put this off. It’s too important. Someone you don’t know needs your help.

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{ 4 comments }

natalie rekrut September 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I came out Nov. 4th, 2002. I was feeling down, I had been laid off from a job. I was talking to a friend on the phone, she told me to come over watch the game(celtics vs lakers) so i drove to providence. I picked up a six pack and dinner. We sat watching the game in her bedroom. While we sat watching the game we talked, I came out to her. She too had news, she told me she had lung cancer. WE are both doing fine.

Caleb September 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Thank you, Natalie. Thank you for sharing that part of your life and helping bridge the gap.

Brigitte D. October 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I came out just two weeks from to day on a Friday. Im a 16 year old lesbian and i told my mother that my bestfriend was really my girlfriend. I never felt so down before because my whole family doe not approve and would rather me leave the house. I feel as if im being mistreated for something i cant even control. They took my close friends away fromme because they were gay also and they were helping me get through this. No one turned me to this direction, i myself feel free and proud of who iam and comfortable. I wish my family will stop treating me like im a freak and love me the way they use to again. Iv been screamed at, emtionaly abused, called names like faggot , bitch , whore. Iv been told i have aids because i had sex with a female. Im trying to stay strong but sometimes you need help from others who been through the same. Anyone who is int he same postion…. life is wonderful, stay strong because god will never judge you and he will always love you.

David Badash October 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Brigitte,
Thank you for sharing your story. I'm so sorry you are going thru this right now. I'm sure you know the words you are hearing are coming out of fear and ignorance, though I'm sure that does not make them any easier to hear, at least you can understand what's behind those words a little bit more.
PLEASE if you feel depressed or scared or if you feel in danger you MUST reach out and get help. You have many resources. The best thing you can do is call the TREVOR Project, a 24-hour hotline for gay and questioning youth: 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386)

You are brave and you will get thru this. Like activist Dan Savage says, "it gets better." There is always hope. Please let us know how you are doing. And be strong.

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