As Pride Month comes to a close, I feel as though it’s important to discuss the action of coming out of the closet. Over the years society has become more accepting of members in the LGBTQ+ community, but there is still stigma surrounding it which can make coming out hard to do.
Coming from someone who recently came out to family members, coming out can be scary and sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable. It’s definitely easier said than done but, it’s okay to feel scared. I think something that is very important to remember is that you have the choice to come out. No one else holds that power but you. With that being said, you can come out whenever you feel comfortable enough to tell somebody.
Sometimes it’s easier to come out to those who aren’t family members. Personally, I came out to my friends first because I felt comfortable enough to tell them and I knew they’d support me.
I also know that social media can influence us and pressure us into thinking that we have to do it because everyone else is. Again, come out when you’re ready. If you don’t want to come out that’s fine as long as you’re happy with who you are. Surround yourself with people who love, care, and respect you. Having a community is important. Remember that there is no “right time” to come out. There is only your time and no one gets to dictate who you are or how you present yourself to others.
By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Sophomore, DePaul University