LBGT Community Celebrates Coming Out Day
“It wasn’t that bad for me,” Jeremy Evans said.
He was 14-years-old when he and his mother were sitting in the living room watching “Desperate Housewives”.
Evans’s mother turned to him, and referring to one of the few LGBT characters on primetime television, asked, “ Are you going to be an Andrew Van de Kamp?”
Evans responded by asking his mother if should would react the same way the character’s mother did, “Are you going to be a Bree Van de Kamp?”
Oct. 11 marks National Coming Out Day. Each year the Human Rights Campaign celebrates this day as “a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out.”
However, for members of the Gay Straight Alliance at Angelo State University, the day is representative of more than just the LGBT community.
“Nowadays, there are so many people that don’t fit into stereotypical norms of society,” Evans said. “Coming out day is about being who you are.”
Sarah Sanchez, a straight ally for the group, said that the day is about celebrating the individual.
“We want to just celebrate people being people,” Sanchez said of how she supports individuals being who they are.
Evans added that the day also works as a support system.
He said, “Coming out is a process. You don’t just wake up one day and say, ‘okay, today is going to be the day.’”
Evans continued, “For those that are in a crossroads and want to come out but have things holding them back, it is a day to recognize that you are not alone.”
The Gay Straight Alliance at Angelo State University was first formed six years ago by Dr. Rallo, the president of the university at the time. The group has changed their name from Helping to Educate Regarding Orientation (HERO) to Gay Straight Alliance in order to be more recognizable both within the community and at large.
Sanchez said, “One of the things ASU really has going for them is definitely diversity. And if it not diversity, then it is just people open to new cultures and the idea of culture competence.”
For more on ASU’s Gay Straight Alliance, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HERO.ASU/