Coming Out

Major love goes out to Luke MacFarlane, talented actor in Brothers & Sisters, (and allegedly Wentworth Miller‘s boyfriend); and Azariah Southworth, host of The Remix, a popular Christian youth show, for making their separate coming out announcements today. Well done, guys. You’re hot.

I almost didn’t blog about this because, having been out for 17 years myself, and surrounded by dozens of out, gay men and women, they seemed like non-events. Then I recalled my friends’ blogs that document the frustration and pain associated with coming out: rejection by parents, fear of persecution, worries that they’re limiting their careers, and sadly, on and on.

Sure, there are gay characters all over television, and media in general, but it’s still a big deal, and my hat is off to them, and to anyone who is coming out. It can be difficult. It can be easy, like it was for me. (Literally, Mom said, “Well of course you are, honey,” and my Grandparents weren’t really fazed either.) Either way, gather your true friends around you, and live your life. Don’t look back. You are not alone.


2 Responses to “Coming Out”

  1. Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    My hat is off to Luke and Azariah, as well! It takes an amazing amount of imperturbable equinimity. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is. I feel joy for them because they will now live as they were meant to live; as themselves. It should be evident to all around them that they are extraordinary because civilization has seen to it to cause them, and so many others, to go the extra miles to be allowed to be the persons they were born to be. Kudos, Luke and Azariah from a mom out here who admires you.

  2. Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Wow! 2 in one day! that’s great.

    and yes, it can be difficult to come out, and much of it depends on how much baggage you get loaded down with as you’re growing up. I carried a lot of it, and couldn’t come out until a few years ago. It was incredibly difficult, but certainly worthwhile. Life isn’t worth living if you can’t live honestly and openly.

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