De prominente Turkse auteur Elif Şafak kondigde op 14 oktober aan dat ze biseksueel is tijdens haar TED Talks speech in New York. Şafak is een gerenommeerde schrijfster en de meest gelezen schrijfster in Turkije. Şafak zei dat ze nog niet uit de kast gekomen was omdat ze vreesde om “gestigmatiseerd, uitgelachen en gehaat” te worden. “Ik ben altijd erg uitgesproken geweest en heb veel geschreven over de rechten van minderheden, vrouwenrechten en holebirechten. Maar toen ik nadacht over deze TED talk, besefte ik één ding: ik heb nog nooit de moed gehad om in het openbaar te zeggen dat ook ik biseksueel ben: dit omdat ik de laster, stigmatisering, uitgelachen worden en haat zo hard vreesde die zeker zouden volgen na zo´n aankondiging. Maar natuurlijk zou niemand ooit stil moeten blijven omwille van de angst voor moeilijke situaties,” zei ze. “Als schrijvers zoeken we altijd verhalen op. Ik denk echter dat we ook interesse hebben in stiltes – de zaken waar we niet over kunnen spreken. Politieke taboes, culturele taboes… We hebben ook interesse in onze eigen stiltes,” legde Şafak uit. Ze heeft ook enkele politieke commentaarartikelen geschreven voor verschillende kranten e.d. in Europa en de V.S. ❤️🏳️🌈 via @dejongeturken #comingout#lhbt#lgbt#biseksueel#dejongeturken#turkije#gaykrant#gay#gayturkije
The perfect phrase to use when coming out to your family. 😂😂😂 Seriously though, to all of you out there who have family that are lesbian, gay, bi, trans, etc., please accept them for who they are and don't make believe that they're still straight or that they're still their birth gender, because they're not.
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PLEASE READ. Coming out - I know this is something we see and talk about a whole lot these days. I believe it to be so important for people that are still "in the closet", afraid of what people, society and especially their loved ones might think about them or do to them, to know that it's OK, that you are alive and thus matter, are worth as much love, respect and compassion as any other human being.
Those who dare advocating for love, those who believe it is right and just to be equal in every single aspect of our lives, actually are even stronger. Because stepping forward and speaking is tough. It may be dangerous. And it's a white occidental man talking here.
My point is, I do support people's coming out stories, whether they do it privately or on @youtube, but I do believe there's a WHOLE part of the spectrum we forget to talk about. Those who never had a choice. Those who, from the beginning, knew they were different. Those that were called gay at an age they did not even know it meant. Those who had to put up with other people's looks, judgments, homophobic jokes and mistreatments. Those like me. Those who did not make the conscious decision of embracing who they really were when they wanted it. Society did it for them, and it did it for me. My friends and family gave me the time that society refused me. I am lucky enough to live in a community where love and respect are core values. But I strongly believe we ought to talk much more about what it is to be sexually different as a child, just as well as we salute all those "later-in-life" coming out stories. I am not minimizing those stories, but trying to show the other side of the spectrum.
Hopefully, in a very close future, we'll be able to accept everyone as one truly is, and the words "coming out" will be bygones.
Thank you for your time and openness; if you agreed with this, we definitely need more people like you. Did you feel something while reading this ? Leave a heart behind and spread the love. Does this situation echo yours ? Speak and whoever you are or wherever you are, be sure you are supported & everything will be just fine ❤️
Hey folks! I missed #nationalcomingoutday while I was on holiday with my family in Alabama this past week. If you don’t mind, I’d like to talk gender/identity/expression and my experience coming out as a trans guy. First and foremost, I’d like to mention that coming out isn’t for everyone. It may not be safe for you to come out right now. It may not seem like the right time for you to come out. It may even be an unnecessary step to you. That’s okay! You are okay. You will be okay. You are valid wherever you are in your personal gender journey right now. I’ll tell y’all something... I didn’t always know I was trans! Knowing what I know now, I would say I was a very non binary acting child. It wasn’t until later in my life that I would feel the pressure to be female and female presenting (as I was designated female at birth). I was a very feminine presenting girl for most of my life. I played the part very well. It wasn’t until I came out as a gay girl that I would tap into those hidden masculine aspects of myself. Several times throughout my life I remember not quite feeling whole. I did not have the proper vocabulary to voice what that meant. I’ve only been out as trans for a few years now. Most of the time identifying as non binary. It wasn’t until recently that a conversation with my partner made all the missing pieces come together. She’s right in that I’m my own kind of man. I will always be my own kind of man. I will not change to fit a binary. I am gentle and soft and radical. I am trans and just beginning. I am efflorescence. Blooming and becoming. I am me. For the first time in years...I’m me to the core. #lgbt#queer#trans#transgender#transgenderpride#transboy#transguy#guyslikeus#ftm#ftmtransgender#femaletomale#comingout
SO FIRST OFF, SORRY I HAVENT BEEN ON IN A WHILE, STRESSFUL FAMILY CRAP AND DEPRESSION, BUT GUESS FUCKING WHAT?!?!?! I CAME OUT TO MY FAMILY YESTERDAY ... Well, i was sorta forced and it was only my stepmom, younger stepsister, and dad..... Im not gonna go into detail, but my stepmom and dad got into an argument and blah this blah that and they called me in and ranted about random stuff and how i should be able to trust them and then my stepmom brought up that someone told her that id been hanging out with 'lesbians' at school and that the rumor is going around that im gay. I first i denied, but then she went on to tell me that she supported me no matter what AND MY DAD, THE MAN THAT SAID HE'D BEAT MY ASS TO CHINA IF I EVER TURNED OUT GAY, LOOKED ME IN THE EYES AND SAID THAT NO MATTER WHO I DATED, HE'D LOVE ME NO MATTER WHAT, AS LONG AS THEY WERE RESPECTFUL. I WANTED TO JUST BREAK DOWN AND HUG HIM AND CRY... IT FEELS SO WEIRD BEING OUT!!! AND TODAY I TOLD MY SISTER ABOUT IT AND TOLD HER WHAT WE SAID AND SHE STARTED CRYING BECAUSE SHE WAS PROUD OF ME FOR DOING IT AND BECAUSE I DIDN'T DO IT OR TELL HER SOONER.... AHHHHDJSJDNDK I EVEN RECORDED HER REACTION BUT SHE DOESNT KNOW!!!! ILL POST IT TOMORROW, I SWEAR!! BUT I DID IT GUYS, NOW I JUST GOTTA HIDE FROM MY GRANDPARENTS CAUSE THEYRE OLD AND JUDGEMENTAL 😂 MY SISTER SAID SHES GONNA TELL MY COUSINS, WHICH IM OK WITH... BUT THEYLL PROBABLY TELL MY AUNT AND UNCLE AND OTHER LITTLE COUSIN, WHICH IM OK WITH TOO, I JUST DON'T WANT THEM TO HATE ME... BUT IM ON A ROLL SO I MIGHT AS WELL GET IT OVER WITH!!! ONE DAY ILL COME OUT TO MY GRANDPARENTS, JUST NOT ANYTIME SOON 😂 MY BIGGEST SECRET IS GONE, WOO-HOO!!!🤣