Why we come out

Maureen Walsh, state rep in Washington, talking about her support for gay marriage.

http://youtu.be/CbmbdWK6338 (you’ll have to click the link since WordPress suddenly doesn’t like embedding videos.  God hates me)

This line is important.

My daughter came out of the closet a couple of years ago and I thought I was just going to agonize about that.  Nothing’s different.  She’s still a fabulous human being and she’s met someone she loves very much.  And some day, by god, I want to throw a wedding for that kid.

This is why we come out as LGBT, as atheist, or as any minority.  The negative myths get stripped away when you realize the evil that frightens you so much surrounds you in your daughter, your friends, your parents, etc.

That’s when you realize that gays and atheists aren’t evil.  They’re people.  And they’re good people.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Katie Tims

    Well said.


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