I just spent my morning reading posts and articles about LGBT victims of unspeakable assaults and murders (many of which have gone unsolved), teenage suicides, laws restricting rights of gays/lesbians and even more laws that are being enacted to strengthen pre-existing discriminatory laws. So many young people whose lives have been cut short or forever harmed by injustice.
I wonder if majority of the straight community (homophobes and fence-sitters alike) realise how hard it is to be gay.
Choosing to come out is probably one of the most difficult decisions most people will ever make in their lifetime. No one who makes this decision does it “just because”. It is definitely easier now than 50 years ago but it’s certainly not a walk in the park.
To come out, you risk losing the support of your friends and family, you risk losing your job, you become a target for every bigot with a misplaced agenda. You’re denied the right to marry, having a child is another battle, even the right to a hospital visit is denied you. No wonder there are still many men and women who are married to people they could never love and would rather stay trapped in a sham than live the life they really want.
Today I pay homage to everyone who has ever taken that decision to come out and live freely. No one chooses to be gay but it takes a lot of courage and strength to choose to be free.