October 11, 2011
By Adam Bink
As we face more stories like Jamey Rodemeyer’s in Western New York, now is more than ever the time to come out and share our stories of coming out.
The FAIR Education Act is not just about history. It’s about role models. Looking up to Billie Jean King, or Walt Whitman, or Harvey Milk and finding out they were lesbian or gay means something to a child, including a potential bully. Imagine if a Peyton Manning came out today, or a NASCAR driver. It would change perceptions in a major way for young sports fans. For me, the law is as much about history as it is about confronting the causes of bullying, and giving young LGBT kids someone to look up to, as it is about history.
That ties in with National Coming Out Day today. The more we can come out, and encourage others and role models to do so, the more we can create a positive environment for kids. And that doesn’t just go for a Peyton Manning — it goes for an uncle, a sister, a cousin, all of us. So today isn’t just a day, it’s an opportunity.
If you have a thought about coming out or a coming out story — whether your own or that of someone close to you — please share!
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