You Are Welcome Here.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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The many recent gay teen suicides have left me - and so many of us, I hope - heartbroken. If I'm correct, there have been at least five in the last few weeks and each of these losses have followed bullying and harassment targeted at the deceased due to their sexual orientation. This epidemic is outrageous (at best) and demands that we come together in kindness, tolerance and love. In these dark moments, we have to ask more of ourselves and both step up and stand up for our friends and neighbors when they need us.

In these last few weeks, I've been asking myself what I can do. And, honestly, I don't know. I am involved with organizations that fight for LGBT equality, but in light of these recent events, that doesn't feel like enough.

So, here I am. Pulling out my laptop and doing the only thing I can think to do, write. Perhaps to an audience of zero, but maybe - just maybe - this post will get passed to someone, someday, who needs it.

Yesterday was National Coming Out Day and what I want to say to those of you who may have recently come out or who dream of someday feeling ready to, you are welcome here. It may not feel like it everywhere, but there are parts of the world, and parts of this country, and people that will welcome you with open arms, will say to you, "Thank you so much for coming. We've been waiting for you." Let me say that now...

I've been waiting for you and am so happy you've come. Thank you. Thank you so much for being you when people told you to be someone else. Thank you for being so much braver and stronger than you have been recognized for. The world would not be complete without you and we rejoice in your arrival.

I may not be the most religious of people, but I know like I've never known anything that you were made to be who you are and that who you are is perfect, just as it is. So, again, thank you. Thank you for fighting for yourself all those years to be here today. You were - and are - so worth it. Welcome.


  1. SO TRUE!!! i know so many people (friends and family) who are just now coming out as adults and it's so difficult for them. one of my friends is even currently in the process of transitioning from female to male. discovering yourself, whoever that may be, is such a courageous process and i'm always amazed when teenagers are able to figure it out and be honest with the world at such a young age! i can't say enough how much i celebrate each person who is able to have this courage!! you are all seriously amazing and don't let anyone else make you believe otherwise. <3

  2. kudos to you for writing this. it's heartbreaking that this is happening. I wish people weren't so closed minded and could love and accept people for who they are.

  3. As usual, you touch on the "hard" subjects so beautifully. I know there are people reading this who need to, and you'll never know how much you've helped them.

  4. I love this, plain and simple. I'll link it over at my post.

  5. I don't really have the right words to are so eloquent and you know I feel the same way, right behind you, ladylove.

  6. Thank you, friends. Thanks for fighting the good fight.

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