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365.285 - in honour of "national coming out day"

maybe it should have been an international day? What do you think?


I've been out since I was 19. In some regards I've been very fortunate that most of my family didn't make it very difficult for me to come out. I told Dad and he was cool - I suspect being the younger child may have had something to do with it ;)


Now I find myself coming out as a gay parent. It's quite funny in some regards - it's almost as if we never stop coming out :-/


I'm proud of who I am and where my life is at. I'm proud of my husband and I'm proud of our beautiful little girls.


I think there's also something that we in the west should keep in perspective as well. We have it relatively easy in terms of acceptance. There are still many parts in the world where homosexuality is still illegal. India for example only decriminalised homosexuality in 2009. Singapore still has homosexuality listed as a criminal offence.


Also just something I was reminded of yesterday as well. Teenage suicides... now as a teenager I tried to kill myself a couple of times a year (on average) and there's a reason why. How much control do teenagers feel they have over their own lives? Not a lot. The only real autonomy they feel they have is to end it all. I could be wrong but that's what I was reminded of yesterday. Anyway just some random ramblings from me.

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Taken on October 12, 2010