Monday, July 2, 2012

Step Up with Dignity

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I am opposed to the practice of "outing" anyone. The choice to make certain aspects of your personal life, not only your sexuality, but health status, relationship status, or any other aspect which you choose to remain private is a very complicated issue is not to be decided by anyone else for you. You make the decision when, and with whom you share information.

At the same time, I feel strongly that if you are able to feel safe and strong enough to share aspects of your private life which will give hope and support to others in the community, you should be encouraged to do so. If you are a member of a vulnerable population, if you have lived experience which has informed your knowledge, and strengthened your character, you have an opportunity to help others. Stepping forward and being able to say to others, "I have been where you are. Don't be afraid. You are not alone," can change lives.

Do you remember the first person who told you they were LGBT? The first person you told? Are you old enough to remember when famous people were not out? Before a diagnosis of AIDS detirmined when you came out. Who was the first out LGBT person you can remember?

The link above is a well-written example of a public man who has chosen a private life. He also recognizes the need for people to stand together against hatred and mistrust.

Here is to Anderson Cooper, and to giving up a little of yourself in order to change the world.

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