Yes, Virginia…it does still matter! Coming Out as LGBTQ is very important for many reasons. It helps celebrate our identities and to let the world know that we’re here and we’re important and we have a voice. LGBTQ+ people deserve equal rights under the law…not SPECIAL rights but the same rights non-LGBTQ+ people have (and frequently take for granted….)
It’s also important to come out because the more out LGBTQ+ people there are in the world, the more likely it is, non-gay people will know one of us and people who actually know, like/love, care about a gay person, the more likely they’re going to support us.
Coming out stories are also important for kids and people who can be in positions where it’s not safe for them to come out. Other people’s coming out stories give hope to those who can’t or aren’t ready.
Coming Out inspires a sense of community. And, belonging.
Also: we get a toaster for everyone who opens an account!!!