One year ago, API Equality-LA launched Q&A Space, the first ever coming out website designed for API LGBT individuals. This project is an effort to help address the lack of resources faced by our community and create a platform through which our stories are shared and celebrated. In honor of National Coming Out Day tomorrow, we encourage folks to (re)visit the site and share it with your friends, family, and community to help us get these resources in the hands of those who need them most.
Janet Mock, author of Redefining Realness and African American/Native Hawaiian transgender rights activist, said, “I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community. I hope that my being real with you will help empower you to step into who you are and encourage you to share yourself with those around you.”
We hope that these stories inspire and empower you, and we encourage you to share your own with us. While we celebrate National Coming Out Day, we also want to acknowledge that coming out is not an option for everyone. We recognize and want to lift up the unique and diverse experiences of all in our community. Please consider submitting your story today, whether it’s about coming out to yourself, your family and friends, or someone coming out to you.
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