As an ex-closeted gay person, I know the before and after of being out to my family and friends. My life is 1,000,000 times better and freer after coming out to everyone in my life. Even though it took time for my mother to come around I was one of the lucky ones to have an accepting support network. Right now is a pivotal time for the queer community. Most states don't have legalized gay marriage or gay adoption and I believe we have strength in numbers. We need to be active to make a difference.
So I offer up a challenge. My wife calls it a "Pepsi" challenge but I call it the "Come Out Countdown".
In one years time, I challenge 1,000 new or closeted gays to come out. When you've done the grand deed, tell us all about it here.
Please Post :
#1 Your first name
The state/country where you live
The date that you came out
The first person to post will be #1 (as above) and please continue numbering after that.
One year from today, August 22, 2010, I'll tally up the results and see if we hit (or surpassed) our goal.
LGBTQ visibility matters and your heroism will inspire and change the world. (If you're already "out" Congratulations, but this isn't for you. Please only post if you have come out on or after August 22, 2009- this is for the new gays!)
Good luck and don't be scared. Being gay is AWESOME!