Yesterday I cohosted a program on campus (Bloomfield College, in north Jersey) entitled Coming Out in Academia: An invitation to tell our stories
, part of a series of talks entitled Talking Women's Lives
. Three lesbian faculty members each talked a little bit about our own coming out and then led a discussion of about 30 women around the subject. A couple of of the women athletes talked about being gay. It was a comfortable venue with no hostility. There was joy. There was laughter. And a few tears.
I'm thinking that I'm in personal need of a little more...
I need to hear more stories. It's National Coming Out Day
. I shared my own coming out story in the Gender Workshop
series. I'd like to hear more stories. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, family, ally...I don't care. These are trying times for some of us. I'd love to hear some positive stories, chuckle at some funny ones and will cry along with anyone who has a sad one.
Some of us have different opinions about how to accomplish our goals. Some of us even have different goals. I beleive that sometimes we need to pull together instead of pulling apart.
Are we a community? Only if we want to be. As for me, any friend of Dorothy's is a friend of mine.
Does anyone have any stories to tell?