The Importance of Being Out - Mo's Journal
The Importance of Being Out|
Thanks for reminding me, once again, that what I go through every day to come out and be out actually has consequences far more reaching that just for my own life.
It's also the same reason why it's so important for people in positions of respect to be out -- teachers, doctors, politicians. If we know that people we are structurally positioned to trust are also gay, being gay is no longer something to distrust. And while that scenario makes more likely executrix
's other response, I still think it's important.
|Date:||May 23rd, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)|| |
It is important - and not just for personal integrity - although it's sometimes hard to remember. And I agree on people in positions of respect, both for the reasons you say and also as examples for the closeted.
A closeted colleague at my former employer told me - years after the fact - about being so affected by a conversation she heard me (mid-level manager at the time) having with a senior officer at the bank in an elevator. He was asking about my partner's pregnancy and how she was doing and talking about his wife's pregnancy. I have no memory of the conversation - I have no doubt it happened, it's just that to me it was a regular small talk elevator conversation. But to her it was tremendously exciting to think that someone could be that out, even if she was not yet ready to take even small steps towards coming out at work.
Our actions do have consequences - sometimes more than we think they do.
We must be the change we want to see in the world.
|Date:||May 23rd, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)|| |
That's a catchy line. Someone should use it for a campaign slogan :-).
Gandhi already did, I think. (Or if he didn't, he should have.)