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It's National Coming Out Day (NCOD) and I wanted to highlight some of the beautiful stories I've seen shared today. Tomorrow in Part 2 I'll add some thoughts and virtual hugs of my own. But I don't want this post on this day to be at all about me. So for now, just the stories.
First and foremost, I am so proud of my dear friend Ben, who came out today on his blog. Ben has been blogging anonymously for some time now, and today in honor of NCOD, he is sharing his story and revealing his identity. This is the culmination of his "These Hallowed Grounds" series, where he has been sharing the stories of LGBTQ friends for the past few weeks. These stories are brave and beautiful, heartbreaking and holy. I highly recommend you go check out these honest and vulnerable glimpses of our LGBTQ brothers' and sisters' journeys.
My friend Micah also offers some wise words:
I refuse to see this day, these people, as an “issue”. They are my brothers and sisters. They are my friends.
Today he is sharing some stories on his blog as well. I was greatly blessed by his post this summer that challenged the way the Church sometimes talks about our gay brethren. The deep and beautiful truths he spoke that day have made it his most popular post of all time. Definitely go check that out.
Today my pal Justin opens his space to "Cat," who tells "the coming out story of one queer girl who came back to church." I'm really happy to hear that Cat has found love and fellowship at a Methodist church in her area that is taking their motto very seriously.
These are just a few of the many, many beautiful stories that folks are sharing today on the interwebs. Has a similar story crossed your radar this week? Please let me know in the comments! Today is a day for listening to the LGBTQ community, so let's shine a spotlight on our friends who are speaking up!