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LGBTQ – Voices

“With friends, it’s not so much coming out as it is that I just don’t pretend otherwise.”
Brooklyn, NY
It’s kind of funny. I was watching ‘Elementary’ with my friend.

And there was a character, Natalie Dormer as Irene Adler and Moriarty, that I couldn’t shut up about for days. Then I was like, ‘Oh, wait, I understand what’s happening.’

With friends, it’s not so much coming out as it is that I just don’t pretend otherwise. I just am, and people pick up on that, it just is.

Whereas, with family, I imagine we’d have to sit down and have a talk. I probably will come out to my family if I’m seeing somebody.

No one has treated me differently after finding out I was LGBT. That’s because everyone I hang out with also is and they all came out before me.

I think coming out is still hard. I think it’s partially an area thing.

Like, I think New York is a little easier because we’re a big city, so you can find other LGBT people. I think in small towns where you’re the only one, or one of five people, it’s harder.

I think homophobia has gotten worse since the passage of marriage equality. Before that, people were like, ‘I don’t mind it as long as I don’t have to work with it.’ And now it’s like, ‘because people are getting married, I do have to work with it and I can be vocal about it.’

I don’t think marriage equality solved anything. I definitely don’t think there’s enough media representation. I think we’re doing better. But, I don’t think we’re anywhere close to enough.

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