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by Heather McDuffee, September 28, 2022
“Don’t come out unless you want to. Don’t come out for anyone else’s sake. Don’t come out because you think society expects you to. Come out for yourself. Come out to yourself. Shout, sing it. Softly stutter. Correct those who say they knew before you did. That’s not how sexuality works, it’s yours to define.”
—Dean Atta, in The Black Flamingo
I don’t quite understand why queer folx have to come out. Straight people just bring a person home and introduce them to their parents. And thanks Lady Gaga, but I wasn’t really “born this way.” I grew this way: like a bent tree, adapting to wind and water, salt and sun. Sexuality is more fluid than we thought.
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