Monday, October 11, 2010

October the eleventh, each year, a date ...

... first realized and established in 1988, intended to recognize and memorialize the resolve and courage of some 500,000 souls who had a year earlier (1987) assembled and marched on Washington, D. C., in support of LGBTQ equality and civil rights.  What had started out as a local day of celebration has morphed into being, not only an American national day of observance, but one that is slowly being adopted by LGBTQ organizations World-wide aimed at raising awareness of the LGBTQ community among the general populace in an effort to bring, and give, a familiar face to the LGBTQ rights movement. Presently The United Kingdom, The Nederlands, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and Croatia number amongst the many countries, who in addition to The United States of America, have declared this date for such observance, and hopefully some time soon the day may well be known as World Coming Out Day.

The process of "Coming Out" is an extremely personal, and should be an affirming, moment in an individual's life, and in light of, and especially given, recent circumstances surrounding the hate-biased, and -driven, deaths by suicide of numerous youngsters (both documented and not), and an alarming increase in incidences of gay-bashing, not just within the United States, but globally, is not a step to be taken with anything short of extreme vigilance and prudence, however purposefully.

I suggest instead, dependent entirely on it's merits alone, that each and everyone of us, regardless of whether we are personally self-identified as being Gay and declared Out and Proud within our own lives, that we choose to make this date the day where we support everyone's right to be the very best they can be, regardless of what that might turn out being with this being without regard to their race, their religion, their gender identification, their age, their politics or financial where-with-all; that we make this day, the day we collegially choose to support equality and justice for all, placing qualified emphasis upon LGBTQ injustices as we see them occurring World-wide; that we let no-one individual, or organization, ever again, step out from that closet of fear, hate, despair, self-loathing and insecurity be confronted by a climate of disapproval and nonacceptance by those around them, and instead that they be greeted by a welcoming tolerance and support by all and an environment conducent to each and everyone of them achieving their hearts desire.

Warren C. E. Austin
The Gay Deceiver
Toronto, Canada

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