A friend informed me that today is ‘National Coming Out Day’, and i jokingly said to her, ‘Great, lets come out on the blog today’.
A few minutes later I check my twitter account and www.feministing.com have a link to a post on ‘Happy Coming Out Day’…I liked the following quote from their site:
“It’s well documented that the more people someone knows who are LGBTQ, the more accepting they are of queer folks.
So find someway to celebrate today, even as an ally who supports everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression”
Personally I think its important for ‘straight’ people to speak up on issues of gay rights. A couple of weeks ago one of my boyfriends was telling me how he had to jump to my defense because another guy called me a ‘dyke’. I didn’t know whether to laugh or to be angry…laugh because i thought “This foolish man, he doesn’t even know anything about lesbian relationships cos if I’m a lesbian I definitely wouldn’t be the dyke“. More importantly I believe that one of the ways people continue prejudice against gays and lesbians is by ‘accusing’ anyone who speaks up on issues of gays or lesbians of being ‘gay’. Can’t you be straight and be a gay rights activist?
I don’t believe that women experience their sexuality in such a limited fashion. I think women’s sexuality is more fluid and can run the gamut of straight, lesbian, bi…what tends to define our sexuality or the sexuality we choose to identify with our social norms.