O here are some more resources for people coming out:
My friend freyasings sent me this because it's coming out day. It's something a friend of hers posted somewhere. So I share it with you. :)
Some of us have to choose to come out every day. In our desire to be the full embodiment of the gift God made us to be, we have to make choices. Will I be my best Black self today - or will I be silent. Will I be my Lesbian self today or will I try to pass as not gay. It's always about the choices, many times not even consciously.
And for me, underneath those choices is the shame. We have learned the shame. We have learned the shame better than we have learned anything else. The feelings of being "less-than", not "normal", "invisible" are manifestations of the shame. Some of us try to numb out the shame, while others have it buried so deep inside we don't dare get too close to it because then we can't control it. And all the while it's eating at our very souls. "Like acid on metal"-someone said last night.
We weren't born with shame. We are carrying someone else's shame. It's a sibling, parent, neighbor, teacher, church, or government's shame. Someone else's idea of what "normal" is because for them, same gender loving isn't a natural attraction!
As each and every one of us consider and remember who we are and whose we are, maybe today is the day we decide that carrying around someone else's shame isn't serving us anymore. Give it back to them! And maybe today we can begin filling that very large space with love for ourselves. Just as we are.
O one last side note....last night I dreamt I got married to a girl I know. And we met for the first time on the day of the wedding. Um. What! How weird is that!