Filed under: Compassion
Today is National Coming Out Day, and after the recent headlines I find this day to be particularly important. I wish that everyone had the opportunity to express who they truly are, and I honestly cannot imagine how life must be when that is not possible. I’ve been trying to express my thoughts for so long, but have not been able to find the words to convey how truly disappointing, and downright disgusting, I find the actions of so many to be.
The lovely Bette Midler says it best with here poignant words in her open letter:
It is a sad, sad day for America when young people would rather die than endure one more day of hatred and relentless persecution. As a mother, I am ashamed of all the parents who have failed to teach even the most basic human lessons to their children, “Live and let Live” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The normal, everyday kindness that we took for granted just a few years ago is a thing of the past, and I for one, mourn it deeply. Technology, the Internet, with its anonymity, have allowed people to behave like beasts, pouncing on the weak and howling with laughter when they inflict a wound, that only the strongest could survive. What are we doing to ourselves? How are we to survive as a nation, when hate seems to be the only thing that motivate us??
Four children are dead by their own hand because they just couldn’t take any more. How many more are we going to sacrifice to the hyenas? Isn’t it time to stop??
– Bette Midler
I hope that on this day anyone and everyone who is contemplating coming out will know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay, and that the world is a better place with you, as you truly want to be, in it.
To learn more about National Coming Out Day, visit The Human Rights Campaign, or search #COUNTMEOUT, #LGBT.
Also be sure to learn more about The Trevor Project. Two of my favorite videos as part of the It Gets Better movement are from Tim Gunn and Kathy Griffin below. Both so well-spoken.
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