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Coming Out Day Also Includes Those Living With HIV

Coming Out Day Also Includes Those Living With HIV

The CEO of GMHC says coming out, whether about your HIV status or your gender or sexual orientation, doesn't have to be a lonely road.

It pains me to see that last week, Jazz Alford of Alabama became the 22nd reported transgender homicide in our country. It is heartbreaking to know that 40 percen of the 1.6 million homeless youth in the United States identify as LGBT. And for many LGBT older adults, they must deal with poverty because of a lifetime of employment discrimination.

We must continue to recognize National Coming Out Day until our society accepts the entire LGBT and gender non-conforming community. This includes those living with HIV and AIDS. Coming out with HIV is a difficult step that takes tremendous courage, but sharing ones status helps to defeat the stigma associated with the disease.

Acceptance is not just tolerance and until we reach this point, I fear we will continue to see discrimination, hatred, and inequality.

Coming out is a deeply personal and sometimes difficult decision, but a person does not have to do it alone. Even if only one person is positively affected by National Coming Out Day, I believe we have made a positive influence because no one should have to live in fear, or afraid to be open and true about who they are.

 

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.