By: Anne-Sophie Noel, IATG Contributor
Since summer has begun, LGBT pride celebrations are happening in cities across the country. It makes my heart so warm to see people come together to celebrate love without judgement, without fear. This combined with the Orlando events really put the LGBT+ community in the spotlight the past few weeks. Almost everyday I heard stories of people coming out and I would think to myself "Someday I too will be this brave.’’
So one morning, I decided that someday was today. I was on a camping trip and I had decided that after a glass of wine (or two), around the campfire, I would tell my friends that I like girls too. I had it all planned out, but obviously, things never go as planned. The night came and... I couldn’t do it. I was too scared.
As much as I wanted to get it off my chest, part of the reason why I didn’t is because I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. I don’t want to be labelled by my sexuality and in a way, making a formal announcement would be labelling myself.
There's a quote on my favourite tv show that says "My sexuality is not the most interesting thing about me" and that's exactly it. Yes, I am bisexual, but I am so much more than that.
One day, I am going to bring a girl home and say ‘’Mom, dad, meet my girlfriend’’ the same way I would introduce them to a boyfriend. Simply. Naturally. And this will be my coming out.
I know there’s a possibility of people close to me finding out through this article, and for that reason I considered publishing it anonymously. But I’m proud of this article, I’m proud of who I am and I don’t want to hide anymore. If my story can help at least one person out there to overcome their fear too, I’ll be glad I wrote it.
Live loud and proud.
The decision to come out is a deeply personal one, and everyone has the right to decide when, how, and if they are going to do so. How do you help the people in your life feel safe to be who they truly are?
Anne-Sophie is a French Canadian student and a music lover. Nothing makes her happier than singing along to her favorite All Time Low record. She’s a friend, a daughter, a sister. She is that girl. You can also read her personal blog,www.narrowdeep.wordpress.com.