Over 11 years ago, with the support of many friends, I told my parents I was gay. Fortunately, they were very supportive and our relationship has grown much closer these past 11 years. I am lucky to have such a strong support system.
October 11 is National Coming Out Day. If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or something in between, tell someone you love who you really are, if you feel comfortable.
I know not everyone has the support I did, so if you are struggling with your sexuality, you can call The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386 and talk to someone who understands what you are going through.
National Coming Out Day means something different for everyone. For Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, founder of Givenik.com and host of the 92nd Street Y’s interview series, 'Broadway Talks', it's about being the person someone can come out to and will stand with them as he very smartly wrote in a piece for The Huffington Post.
For me, it's celebrating my personal freedom and remembering those who helped me come out! While I had the support of my friends and family, I also found comfort in the world of entertainment (as I usually did when I was struggling with some issue). From Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" to Olivia Newton-John's "Trust Yourself" to Dolly Parton's "Just The Way I Am," these artists helped me see that it was okay to be myself! Movies like "The Broken Heart's Club" gave me hope that one day I would find a circle of gay friends (which I've been fortunate enough to find). Television was also there for me. From "The Golden Girls" to "All My Children," I found solace in television episodes that dealt with coming out.
Below are two of my favorite "coming out" features when "All My Children's" "Bianca" (as portrayed by the amazingly talented Eden Riegel) comes out to "Erica" (as portrayed by the legendary Susan Lucci) and on "The Golden Girls" when "Blanche's" (played by the brilliantly talented Rue McClanahan) brother "Clayton" (played by the wonderful Monte Markham) comes out.
Happy National Coming Out Day!
Remember: It's okay to be gay!
"Bianca" comes out as a lesbian on "All My Children" (Part 1)
"Bianca" comes out as a lesbian on "All My Children" (Part 2)
"Blanche's" brother comes out on "The Golden Girls" (Part 1)
"Blanche's" brother comes out on "The Golden Girls" (Part 2)
"Blanche's" brother comes out on "The Golden Girls" (Part 3)