National Coming Out Day hasn’t always had the best reception from some in the the LGBTQ community.
And I get it, I truly do. As if the LGBTQ community doesn’t go through enough, now there’s a national holiday that requires your “coming out,” like a simple annual wait was all you needed. I spoke to my gender queer friend Sara, 24, about the national holiday, she told me she has issues with it,
“Unpopular opinion: I hate National Coming Out Day. I feel like there’s pressure to come out and shame if you don’t and the physical and emotional violence that could happen if someone puts themselves isn’t addressed. But I can also understand the relief that happens when letting others know about a part of your identity that was hidden, and I definitely relate to the power and comfort of finding and having a community.”
“Coming out,” is a change in lifestyle that few get to experience. Those who do know the emotional, mental, and physical burdens and shifts experienced once you do.
For others, it’s as easy and refreshing as a simple tweet.
Today is the day we hear of coming out stories and experiences shared all around the world.
— Naomi Earp (@BlanchettWatts) October 11, 2017
The controversy lies on the darker side of the action. While “coming out” is an existential change for some, others have argued that it’s not necessary to do so at all.