National Coming Out Day 2007

September 20, 2007 at 10:56 am 13 comments

Any good gay knows that closets are for clothes and that no matter how well organized your closet may be, its not a place fit for you or any other person. That’s why the folks at the Human Rights Campaign are ramping up its efforts to encourage LGBT people everywhere to be open and honest about who they are.

As part of National Coming Out Day 2007, HRC is asking LGBT people and our straight allies to post video comments on YouTube to this video telling what inspires you to live openly and honestly. We have seen over and over that telling our personal stories is the most powerful way to change hearts and minds and move us towards full equality for LGBT people.

Find out more information on coming out here.

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Entry filed under: Advocacy, LGBT, New Media, Video, YouTube.

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  • 1. BB  |  September 20, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    The MOST important thing gays can do to gain equality is COME OUT to those they love. When those they love know that their child, or cousin, or uncle, or friend, or whatever, is gay, then a gay person is not someone WAY OVER THERE SOMEWHERE. A gay person is someone in their lives, and if someone REALLY loves you then they want for you fairness. And gay equality then becomes THEIR issue too, for they want it for YOU. AND, if they don’t love you, then you need to find that out too. Honesty and authenticity is relationships is SO IMPORTANT.
    Ellen, Rosie, Elton, ETC. have helped so much by coming out. Polls show quite a difference in public opinion from when the HORRID Bush first came into the White House. We are not there yet, but we are getting there, and we get there by COMING OUT. TJ Knight, Neil Patrick Harris, both have helpd so much by coming out. More people think, “so what, who cares?” Both still have a job and their TV shows have not been affected negatively by their coming out. WOW have things changed. We are getting there, but still have a ways to go. If EVERY gay person came out to their loved ones, we would get there SO MUCH SOONER.

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  • 2. Ariel  |  September 21, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Whatever your sexuality, make your closeted gay friend feel safe and excepted, and he/she may come out to you. My knowledge is limited, cause I’ve always been out, but for some of my lesbian friends who work in industries driven by the white male republican, coming out may be a threat to their livelyhood. Yes, I know it’s a catch 22.
    Just try to make someone feel better about themselves today.
    Ariel

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  • 3. Christopher  |  September 21, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    I lost all respect for the Human Rights Campaign when they came out in support of Joe Lieberman and not Ned Lamont.

    I realized they are the rainbow equivalent of the DLC. Status quo, insiders and mainstream.

    In my view, the most important thing gays can do today is NOT support Hillary Clinton for president. The Democratic front runner has made her views on gay marriage equity clear: it ain’t gonna’ happen on her watch.

    For Hillary, gays and lesbians, are separate but, equal. Think: black Americans, circa’ 1950.

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  • 4. BB  |  September 22, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    So, Christopher, what you are saying is if Hillary is the Dem. nominee, we are to vote Republican? Oh yeah, that ought to help the gay community, and teach Hillary a lesson. ???????? In order for the Repubs. to gain the vote of their base they have to compete with one another as to who is the MOST anti-gay, and who has been anti-gay the longest and most demonstratively. BUT if Hillary is the Dem nominee we are not to support her because she believes in Civil Unions for gays with ALL the benefits of marriage, and wants to end Don’t ask, don’t tell, and has gay friends, and (like her husband) will most likely appoint openly gay people to positions AND have a gay friendly White House, just as Bill did, with openly gay people often at White House dinners, and such as that. She’ll be in a way that CHANGES the anti-gay tone caused by Bush and the Repubs, and not appoint anti-gay judges. ETC. Yeah, let’s shoot our own selves in the foot and help put another Repub in the White House to appoint more homophobic judges to the Supreme Court, as vacancies occur. ??????

    When we have 2 choices, we vote for who the BEST choice is for us, and then we continue the struggle to help cause the Best to become even better. Only 2 Dems are for gay marriage. They are Kucinich and Gravel. NONE are for the gay marriage amendment. Both Gravel and Kucinich seem to be good people, with their minds and hearts in the right place BUT neither will be the Dem nominee. SO we must support the Presidential candidate MOST friendly to us. AND if it is Hillary, then that would be her.

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  • 5. Christopher  |  September 23, 2007 at 8:55 am

    So, Christopher, what you are saying is if Hillary is the Dem. nominee, we are to vote Republican?

    Not at all, BB.

    I am not telling you who to vote for or who not to vote for. I am offering my opinion of Hillary based on her policy positions. Barring Al Gore entering the race at the 11th hour, I think and I believe, Hillary will be the Democratic nominee in 2008. I will not support her.

    Consider Hillary’s voting record and positions:

    1. Hillary voted for the Iraq war without conditions
    2. Hillary voted for Bush’s USA Patriot Act
    3. Hillary voted to reauthorize Bush’s USA Patriot Act
    4. Hillary is opposed to repealing DOMA – only article #3
    5. Hillary voted against the Feinstein-Leahy amendment restricting U.S. exports of cluster bombs to countries that use them against civilian-populated areas
    6. Hillary opposes Amnesty International and other human rights groups that criticize policies of the United States and its allies on Human Rights
    7. Hillary supported of Israel’s massive military assault on Lebanon which took the lives of over 1,000 civilians (500 of whom were children)
    8. Hillary is an outspoken critic of the United Nations, even serving as the featured speaker at rallies outside U.N. headquarters
    9. Hillary opposes gay marriage equity for “personal reasons”

    Texturally, there’s not a lot of difference between the GOP front runners and Hillary Clinton except on the issue of choice. In 2008, for the first time and after what will be 8 years of Bush/Cheney, I will not look the other wat by pretending her policy positions aren’t real and don’t exist. Does this mean I would vote GOP? Never – won’t happen. But voting for Hillary who can be best described as GOP-lite, isn’t an option either.

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  • 6. BB  |  September 24, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Christopher, did you see Hillary at the LOGO debates? She said that if NOT for Doma, the marriage amendment bill would have passed. They did not know if they could prevent it from passing or not, but it was Doma that caused SOME to decide that a marriage amendment was unnecessary. SO, gay marriage still exists in Mass., and other progressive States will EVENTUALLY get there. NJ now has Gay Civil Unions, with ALL the benefits and protections of marriage, and when asked why not marriage, the polls show that MOST in NJ say “why not, indeed”. CA will have gay marriage, WHEN Arnold is no longer the Gov., vetoing it. TWICE it has passed the legislative bodies there. NYC will most likely get there, and Maryland. I believe the Courts there have said that it must be done legislatively, rather than by the Courts, as it was also decided by the Courts in NJ. It becomes about changing PUBLIC opinion. Changing Hearts and Minds. And, once again, that is why coming out to those who love us is SO important. It is the MOST important thing. Then gay rights becomes THEIR issue as well, for it has to do with a friend or family member that they love.

    Hillary did NOT know that Bush would wage the insane war in Iraq the he did, nor did Edwards, or Kerry, or most ANY Dem. The Repubs are FOREVER taking us by surprise. The purpose was to take it to the UN, and give Bush the power to pressure Iraq into allowing the UN inspectors back in, and go to war IF it was found that we HAD to. YES, she should have not done this. They were reacting to 9/11, and the Repubs were in power and using EVERY opportunity to paint the Dems as “friends” of the terrorists. It is WISE to keep perspective as to ALL that was (is) going on, rather than judge an item, as if it exists all alone, by itself. What are the Repubs doing now? Painting themselves as someone who would kill the terrorists, themselves, with a hunting knife, when/if they have a chance, and eat their raw livers as an appetizer.

    AND, once again I remind. Supreme Court Justices. Supreme Court Justices. IF Giuliani wins, he will OWE it to the Repub base for giving him a chance, and it is with Court appointments that Presidents THANK who voted them into office. THAT is no minor consideration to consider. If Hillary is the Dem nominee, VOTE for her hurridly. If Obama is the nominee, I will vote more happily, as well as hurridly, BUT there are SUCH IMPORTANT REASONS, why we need a Dem as President, to establish the TONE of the Nation. Hillary will NOT establish an anti-gay tone, as Bush and his peeps have. AND when the Repubs no longer have White House veto power, and there are MORE Dems in Congress (as there will be) the Patriot Act will be gone over with a fine tooth comb, and a more sane version of it will appear. The Dems just tried to restore habeas corpus. Hillary VOTED YES to that, as did most ALL the Dems. Most all the Repubs voted NO. NOW tell me there is not much difference between the 2 parties.

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