Paris, 2000. I was 27 years old when I first met Juliette. One february evening she arrived by bike at our rehearsal of choral music. The cheeks pinked by the cold, her sparkling look, her smiling face with her long, curly black hair, as well her enthusiasm made me want to know her.
Boys don’t cry. This is what we’re told when we are young men. Boys don’t cry, nor do they show emotion. Our gender roles are assigned to us long before we are even born. Boys do not wear pink, boys play sports.
For me, and for a large majority of the LGBT community, coming out is a process. It is not a mere one-time event, it is a continuum and a range spanning from not being “out” at all where no one is aware of your identity or your orientation (maybe you might not even be aware of it yourself) to all the way being completely “out” where everyone knows who you are and you hold no part of yourself back.
Vincent Marchisello opens up about his experience with coming out and being a Christian. He discusses his struggles with depression stating, “There was one day I was really done…
I always wanted to be a father one day. And as soon as I decided to come out of the closet as gay, I started thinking about how I could go about doing so.
Coming out can be difficult, especially if you you find yourself exploring the “gray areas” of sexuality and self expression. Thomas Jeleniewicz takes the time to share his experience of what it is like to come out as a Bisexual man.
As a community, LGBTQ+ people have been told by their peers that the process of coming out; revealing their sexual identity, will help them on the road to becoming the most authentic version of themselves.