This one’s quite a bit late, but I wanted to make sure I did my homework first. This Thursday, October 11th, is National Coming Out Day (NCOD), a day dedicated to celebrating our abiliy to be out and open about ourselves as well as raise awareness of LGBT issues with others. This is an excuse for some to dress up in as much pride gear as they want without going overboard like they might at pride parades. But it can also be so much more.
Locally, we’re encouraging people to use this day to come out to their elected officials, national and local, and make them aware of their constituency and just how many of us there are. And I encourage this, not just for local level, but for all people around the world. If you live in a country where being LGBT is not against the law, why not tell your leaders that you’re here, and you’d like some of the same rights as everyone else?
Now, keep in mind what I said just a little bit ago about pride, and that I cautioned people not to go overboard, or come on too strong. Something simple, but powerful. I’ve included below an example of the email I will send to higher level officials, such as national or state (I will be calling more local officials personally with a similar message).
My name is Caitlin, and I’m one of the people living in your district. I am a combat veteran with two tours in Afghanistan in my seven year term in the Air Force, now going back to school full time. I am also transgender, and lesbian. I’m telling you this because I wanted you to know that as a voter in your district, I’m keeping a close eye on the way you vote on issues of veteran’s benefits, student issues (e.g. loans), equal rights for all Americans, and so on. I hope to see positive results in all of these areas from you.
That’s it. Something short, something simple. But personalize it. Mention the issues that are important to you, but also include your status as an LGBT person, or if an ally, make it clear that you’re an ally. If every one of us around the country (and even around the world) did this all in one day, our elected officials would get the message. They have members of their teams keep tallies of all issues that people call in on, if they don’t do so themselves. It would help bring us one step closer to all people being truly equal.
If you don’t know who your officials are and you live here in this states, a good place to start would be here and then of course Google to help find which district you’re in or who your city officials are. Local is just as important as, if not more important than, national level so definitely look into it.
Does anyone have any thoughts on what they want to say and to whom?