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So, why am I posting this? Well it is in response to a blog post by Mr. Takei himself (click here for the blog). It's about the fight of actors and those who are in the “Celluloid Closet” as he put it, have and the hard choice it is for them to come out. Sometimes the choice comes at the cost if a job, a career, a family, friends, and even life itself.
His post changed, or rather, helped to change my opinion on the matter. So I have to say from now on, when a friend or even some one I don’t know comes out as gay, my response will be different. No longer will they get the Oh cool, have a good day. They will get something more along the lines of: Thank you for your courage and trust in me. Thank you for finding me worthy to know more about your life. That it may have not been easy at all to tell me or even to consider telling someone.
We here a lot about the silent majority in this county and I think, if more of us who have no fear of you being gay, gave more support to the LGBT community the fear and repercussions, no not repercussions, that signifies that you have done something to receive it. The fear and tyranny that is associated with coming out will be much less. Remember a bully has no power to bully the one, if 30 people stand next to the one being bullied. The good of the few out way the good of the many? Yes Spock in this case. Yes being a major Star Trek fan I had to work something like that into my writing today.
So I will end my rant today with the follow:
If you have a friend who has come out to you, say thank you to them for their courage and strength to come out. Ask them what support they need from you and be very clear with what support you are willing to give. Remember, if you have a friend who has come out to you, they trust you. Don’t abuse that trust and continue to foster your friendship.