We had Coming out day celebration last weekend.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to participate in the Art Festival “Faces and masks”, organized by Labrys, local LGBT organization in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As I heard, they had expositions of photography, seminars, sharing coming-out stories, consultations of a lawyer, workshops, poetical evening…So, it was quite exciting, I guess.
But I made the small ritual of coming out in front of the mirror early in the morning. I looked at myself, I smiled and then I made coming out to the world around me and to myself. I said: “I’m Danik and I’m happy … I’m happy and thankful to my parents, who love me and gave me opportunity to develop further. I’m happy that I’m surrounded by my friends, who can always support me. I’m very thankful for being the person, whom I can see in this mirror. The life is good :D”
Actually, coming out is very important for changing our communities and for combating against homophobia. I noticed that when I come out to people, surrounding me, they become much less homophobic and begin to challenge their prejudices against LGBT. Yes, it was very difficult to make the first coming out. However, later you feel yourself safer, knowing that there’re people, who understand and support you.
Coming out changed my life. I became activist. I became the person, who advocates, supports, helps others. This gives me even more energy and inspiration. I come out every day to people, I know and I don’t know. Sometimes, I feel in danger, but at the same time I realize that it’s very important not only for me, but also for other people, who probably suffer from homophobia. May be, I’m too radical in this sense, but I can see results, I can feel tangible consequences, usually positive. I’m proud of being the cause of this positive change and no one can stop me to come out, since coming out have become a crucial part of my life.
I’m out and I’m proud! Happy Coming Out Day!