Count Me Out: National Coming Out Day 2011

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This year, National Coming Out Day takes on particular poignancy in light of a preponderance of anti-gay bullying incidents that have most recently led to suicide in the case of teenager Jamey Rodemeyer. According to some shocking 2009-2010 data from GLSEN, lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are at a four times higher risk for suicide than their straight peers.

What’s YOUR story?

We invite you to use the comments section below to share YOUR coming out story (or that of a loved one), advice and/or pearls of wisdom to celebrate strength in numbers, the importance of coming out and living openly and helping to pave the way for younger LGBT folks to live openly.

Looking for other ways to show your support? Get involved with the #CountMeOut grassroots social media campaign: Change your Facebook profile to indicate “out” or “ally” and send tweets that include #OUT and #CountMeOut.

  1. Emerson Witner October 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    I will be honest. I got thrown out of the closet when my mother read a text message on my cell phone from my then-boyfriend.

    But then her and I sat down and had a conversation about it and everyone, in general, was supportive. What people need to realize is not everyone is going to be a-ok with it, at least at first, but it is your life and you need to do what you feel is best.

  2. Michelle Allen October 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    It is important that you get to a point in your life where you can be comfortable with who you are and what you are about. Not everyone is going to be accepting of what you may be, but if you can find that one friend or loved one who will be there for you no matter what and who you feel you can be 100% yourself and not be judged, hold onto that. I am there for my friends, regardless of sexual orientation, because they are awesome human beings. I hope that they know in my eyes, they are “amazing just the way they are”.

    I hope one day we get to a point where we stop using labels to identify one another. Gay, straight, black, white, fat, skinny, pretty, ugly…I have a hard time finding anything positive about using any of those adjectives for anyone. It creates a feeling of “good” vs “bad” and that does not promote a healthy society…it encourages competition and negativity.

    **hugs**

  3. SONYA October 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    IF people can’t accept you for who you are then you don’t need them in your life ,and remember for all those homophobics there is someone in your family that are a homosexual and can’t come out because the way you act.Just don’t think about the sexual preference just think about the human being PEACE!!

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