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Happy National Coming Out Day! - Zer Netmouse
October 11th, 2007
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Happy National Coming Out Day!
October 11th is a day for celebrating diversity in sexuality and lifestyles. At Grinnell we used to write happy positive reinforcements all over the campus in brightly colored chalk and have events all day...

... I miss that. I came out as bisexual at Grinnell, and appreciated the support structures there such as the coming out discussion groups. If anyone ever wants to talk about the process of coming out, or about your own considerations and curiosities regarding your sexuality, I'm here to listen if you need an ear -drop me a note at netmouse (at) netmouse.com if you want to talk. It's not about figuring out what slot you belong in - sexuality runs along a whole bunch of different axes, whether they are het/gay/bi, fem/male, sub/dom, mono/poly, etc. and I believe that those ranges include infinite varieties of people within them. There's a lot to figure out and explore, and happily it's a lifelong process.

So here's my proverbial scratches on the wall...


Happy Coming Out Day!

It's not about labels, it's about being yourself!
Explore! Create! Communicate!

Freedom is something we have to defend on a daily basis. That takes bravery. Be bold. Be beautiful. Be you.


For more coming out day fun HRC has a video on YouTube. We are making progress, really. To keep going, we have to Keep Coming Out!

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From:supergee
Date:October 11th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
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I believe there's a similar custom at my alma mater, Swarthmore, or at least I think Timothy Burke talked about something like that.
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From:curvygoodness
Date:October 11th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for the wonderful memory flash-back. Chalk-covered sidewalks shouting OUT to the world...
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From:netmouse
Date:October 11th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Yes! Triangles! Pink triangles everywhere!

Good times.
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From:kyril
Date:October 13th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
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And the ribbons, don't forget the ribbons.

And a certain "Bi American" pin comes to mind. Slightly dented, as I recall... I probably still have it somewhere.
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From:netmouse
Date:October 15th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
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The pin I still have is "I'm bisexual and I'm not attracted to you."

I don't wear it much anymore. Takes a certain mood.
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From:kyril
Date:October 16th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
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Oops, just checked, it's my "Don't presume I'm straight" pin that's slightly dented.

(Also found "Get a taste of religion -- lick a witch!")
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From:jennkitty
Date:October 11th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
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I haven't outed myself to mine or my husband's family (my brother and his sis-in-law know) not because of any shame, but because it's not important enough to make things awkward. If they ask me outright, I'll be honest, but it would cause more heartache than it's worth to me.

I don't feel guilty about not being outspoken about my sexuality, though. I am proud of who I am, a bi, poly, kinky, curvy woman. But I'm not one for forcing anything on others, be it PDA, religion, or sexuality. If it comes up, it comes up. *shrug*

Sorry to dump this mini-post in your comments! you can delete it if you like. I have no idea what the point of this is. I guess I'm just sharing my experience. I'm comfortable in my skin, now. It's taken a while to get here, but a day to celebrate it is just a great thing.
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From:netmouse
Date:October 15th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Make no apologies about sharing! Sharing is great! Thank you!

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From:tlatoani
Date:October 12th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
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Dude, it's just a phase.
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From:shekkara
Date:October 12th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
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I did - well, just for an evening. (Okay, let me clarify, it was my dancing that provoke said gay guy to say, "I'm gay, and she's turning *me* on.")
From:tlatoani
Date:October 12th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Guess it depends on how boring Conclave gets... ;-)
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From:jeffreyab
Date:October 12th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
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So thanks to National Coming Out Day I now realize that in this picture I am surrounded by hot bi babes:

http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v129/179/4/553752023/n553752023_362162_3363.jpg
From:tlatoani
Date:October 12th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
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I guess you were the last to get the memo...
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From:jeffreyab
Date:October 12th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Indeed, if not for lj I might never have.
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