October 11th is National Coming Out Day.
The day where we all get to declare who we are and who we love. Sometimes coming out is more than just revealing our sexual orientation. Sometimes we need to come out about other aspects of who we are that others may not agree with. But as Rev. Deborah Johnson, Author of Sacred Yes and Your Deepest Intent, told me in a recent interview I did with her, she learned early on from a PFLAG mom that if we share our truth and people turn away from us, then they never really loved us in the first place.
My friend, Pastor Marcos Apolonio, experienced a devastating loss in his own life when he came out to his church community. In fact, he thought he had lost it all. At the time he was a married man with children living in Brazil and leading a congregation of 3,000 7th Day Adventists. He had been living a closeted life and finally the closet door could no longer hold his authentic self in. Marcos has had a powerful "hero's journey" in the words of Joseph Campbell.
After coming out, Marcos chose to leave Brazil and immigrated to the U.S. where he applied for asylum twice before being granted it. He has built his new life out in the open with his same-sex partner, Obed. Marcos has since graduated with a Master's degree in Social Work and leads Kinship, an international ministry of former and practicing 7th Day Adventists who are LGBTIQ and straight allies. He will be featured in an upcoming movie called 7th Day Gay Adventist.
In recognition of National Coming Out Day, and to acknowledge all of us who struggle to live our truth out loud and be our authentic selves, I'm doing two free teleseminars on coming out.
Please join me on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM PST/ 9:00 PM CST/ 10:00 PM EST for an interview with 7th Day Adventist Kinship Pastor Marcos Apolonio as he shares his story, strength, and hope with others in this unique interview. Register now!
I am also offering a free Coming Out tele-seminar called "3 Steps to Come Out of the Closet and Into Your Power!" This teleseminar is based on my experience as a coach, psychologist, and LGBT rights activist to support LGBTIQ people and their family members in the coming out process.
Join me for: "Three Steps to Come Out of the Closet and Into Your Power!" Teleseminar - October 20, at 6:00 PM PST. Register now!
You'll Learn How To:
- Feel Confident Speaking Your Truth!
- Influence People's Responses To Your Coming Out.
- Avoid Painful Mistakes Many People Make When Talking About Being LGBTIQ.
In the words of Martina Navratilova, "Just by being out you're doing your part. You're doing your part for the environment if you recycle; you're doing your part for the gay movement if you're out."