- Shorts – Gap Outlet
- Sweater – Gap Outlet
- Tank – J Crew
- Bracelet – Hawaii
- Pin – purchased on Campus
- Flats- BR Outlet
I’m here and I’m queer! Today is National Coming Out Day so while I have discussed my personal relationship, my wedding, my activist work, and issues of dress and identity many times, I wanted to mark the day by “coming out” on the site once again. I first came out (in other words I told my older sister I was a lesbian) when I was a freshman in college, but I have continued to come out over and over ever since. I think for most people coming out tends to be a process or a reoccurring act.
I’m not going to write today about using clothes to come out or to mark identity, or the misperception of identity based on appearance, even though I think that is a more than apt topic for this blog and one I have a lot to say about. Today, I don’t want to say much other than “I’m Queer!”
I could go on and on about what I mean by this loaded word, but today my goal is to let other people know that I am here and I am proud and happy. I personally view my own repeated coming out and consistent visibility as a responsibility. As a teacher I serve as a model and as an authority figure (no matter how much my feminist pedagogy attempts to disrupt that) and so I feel a responsibility to my students to be out. I think it is important for LGBT students, and all students, to see an LGBT adult who is happy, successful, and proud of her identity, however multifaceted that might be. Sadly this has only been made more clear by the recent tragedies to strike our community.
So, today, on National Coming Out Day, I encourage all of you, especially those of you who work with youth, to come out today, as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or as an ally! Let your students know that you are there! A.