Kai Wes Bigwood
In honor of #NationalComingOutDay: The picture on the left is from when I came out publicly about my sexuality (and quite literally the last time I ever wore a dress). Almost 10 years later, I am the person on the right, having come out all over again in 2017, this time about my gender identity. ______________________________________________________
I can attest to the fact that coming out does get easier with time, but it is always as equally terrifying as it is empowering. Coming out has singlehandedly been the most important part of my living openly and authentically. Not just for myself, but also to educate those around me. Because as cliche as it is to quote Harvey Milk, I think he put it best: "We must destroy the myths, once and for all, shatter them. We must continue to speak out. And, most importantly, most importantly, every [queer] person must come out. As difficult as it is, you must tell your immediate family. You must tell your relatives. You must tell your friends, if indeed they are your friends. You must tell your neighbors. You must tell the people you work with. You must tell the people in the stores you shop in. Once they realize that we are indeed their children, that we are indeed everywhere, every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed once and for all."