It’s National Coming Out Day. 23 years ago today, I was on a trip with some friends to DC for the National March on Washington for LGBT Rights, and just about this time of morning, we rode the escalators up from the Metro at Dupont Circle, where there were massive crowds of people gathered – my people. Before that, I knew exactly 7 gay people other than me, three of whom were with me on the trip. It was like Dorothy opening the door to Oz – amazing and cathartic to know that I wasn’t alone; that I had multitudes. It changed my world, and I was no longer afraid. 23 years later, although we’ve made great strides, kids still need that catharsis to make it through, and we need to be those multitudes for them.
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