Today (Tuesday, October 11) is National Coming Out Day!
As I’m already out, I personally want to use this day for a different purpose; to speak to those of you who are part of our LGBTQIA+ family, but aren’t yet out.
Your reasons for not being out are valid. No one should out you or pressure you into outing yourself.
You may have real concerns over your safety and health, or perhaps you’re questioning and not yet sure how (or if) you’re part of the rainbow alphabet, or maybe you simply don’t want to come out.
It’s your life, and your reasons are valid.
And I want you to know that you are loved.
Being queer isn’t always easy, and figuring-out oneself is a lifetime of work, but you’re not alone.
There are people who care about you and want you to thrive, including me.
Yes, I may be a stranger to you, but I’m thinking about all of my siblings and cousins in our queer family, including you.
So, this is permission to reach-out. Here’s the link to my contact page:
(“Queer” is the word I personally use as an umbrella word, instead of saying, “LGBTQIA+.”)
Whatever you’re going through now, my wish for you is that you survive and thrive.
I’ve had hard times and lows; times when I almost didn’t make it through.
Now, my life is filled with joy!
So, I can tell you from experience that it does get better, and I want the best for you.
I didn’t want this post to be about me, because I felt that today it was more important to talk to you, the person who is quietly part of our family.
However, I figured that you may be wondering what words I use to describe myself, which is a fair question.
In short, I’m a queer Jewish Latina.
In more words, I’m asexual, pan-romantic, transgender, mixed-race (Mexican & Irish-American), Jewish, and female.
Respectful questions welcomed.
Library Girl (aka Mina)
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