“I’m Coming Out
I want the WORLD to KNOW
Got to Let it SHOW”
These lines from Diana Ross’s song I’m Coming Out can means many things to different people, but for someone who is gay it means so much more. Coming Out is something that most of us fear and are scared to do. The hardest people to come out to are the ones we love, especially parents. Many have come out to their parents and they have been mistreated, disowned, and ostracized. The alienation from family is because our lives are not the norm in that we prefer the same gender and popular notations that all gay men are sissies or lesbians are masculine. So men and women, mostly men, live “in the closet” hiding their true selves. They lead double lives trying to live up to the expectations of what society deems as normal therefore living up to the expectations set forth by their parents. All the while living in fear of getting caught being their truest selves and psychologically burdened with the question, what will my parents think if they found out? Should a parent love their child unconditionally only if they conform to the ideals and lifestyle that they believe is right for their child? Or should a parent love their child unconditionally even if they took a path not chosen by them?
However, young man, young woman, find yourself. It may not be today or tomorrow, but Come Out. Show the world who you really are!!