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Just had a teachable moment. Yesterday was #NationalComingOutDay. I expressed my support for the LGBTQIA+ community and stated that I support equal rights. Someone felt the need to go out of their way to tell me that they don't support equal rights.
This tells me a lot about the person doing it. I know the guy who said it was a white man from his profile picture. His profile has a quote about God giving strength to the powerless, so I know that he is Christian. It was in English, so he probably lives in the USA or UK.
Some people don't realize that they were accidentally born on the top of the heap. A white, Christian man living in a first world country in the 21st century has never had to face the challenges that a queer person their own age has.
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Hi, everyone! I'm Amy -- Sara's campaign manager. My pronouns are she/her/hers, and I'm doing a temporary takeover of Sara's social media for #NationalComingOutDay. 1/
I've had the good fortune to know Sara for a number of years now -- back when she was happy writing policy memos for hours on end (this hasn't actually changed) and long before she considered running for Congress. 2/
Despite having surrounded myself with LGBTQ+ folks in the years since coming out, I was genuinely shocked when Sara was the first person (and still one of the very few) to ask my preferred pronouns. 3/
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To review today:
-ambassador torches Trump
-Turkey "accidentally" attacks our Special Forces and intentionally attacks our positions/ISIS prisons
-Trump hires out our troops to Saudi Arabia
-Racist quits as head of DHS
-Racist enabler quits as Fox anchor

what did I forget?
Also California is on fire and/or without power
Appeals court says Trump must release taxes, DOJ goes to mat for him
Nobody knows if Giuliani still works for Trump, including maybe both of them.
in good news:

California says buh-bye to private prisons
Trump lost a bunch of court proceedings re wall/taxes/racist public charge rule, etc.
Another Rudy crony arrested

And people shared lovely #NationalComingOutDay stories
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So..... Yesterday....
Human Rights Watch came out with this report in 2003. Pay attention to the date!

Also, pay extra attention to who was President of the United States during this Time.
Intersectionality folks!

The IRD is funded by the Bradley foundation, which funds anti-union activity!

The same foundations that fund anti-gay hate in Uganda funds anti-union legislation and right-to-work laws!
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Last year on #NationalComingOutDay, a young man I know had a life altering effect on me when he became a statistic.

25% of youth who come out to their family immediately become homeless. If you’re POC, the statistic is higher.

Here’s Jack’s story from #NationalComingOutDay 2018
Last Sunday— October 6, 1998 was the 21st anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepherd. He was driven to a remote, rural area in WY, robbed, pistol-whipped, tied to a fence, tortured & left to die all because he was gay.

He would’ve been 42 years old.

#NationalComingOutDay
Had the world had not known Matthew Shepherd & seen how hate let him be beaten, bruised & forgotten to die on a fence post—or Jack become homeless— days like #NationalComingOutDay or #Pride month wouldn’t need to exist.

I long for the day when there is no need to declare this.
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A #NationalComingOutDay thread! When I was 13, I began collecting pictures of hot men that I found on AOL. I kept them on my family's computer, in a file called "downloads" I thought no one looked at, and I labeled them with the one word I knew to describe hot men: beefcake.
I don't know where I learned the word, but at night when everyone was asleep and I was at the computer I used it heavily: "Beefcake in a speedo," "beefcake on the beach," "beefcake standing under a waterfall" (a personal favorite).
(The pictures were of a very specific aesthetic that if you were gay and coming of age in the 90s you would immediately recognize: buff, hairless men in red thongs, tanned to the color of Magda from "Something About Mary." Herb Ritts, but with more grease and less hair gel)
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Twenty years ago, an awkward teenager at St. Joe High School in South Bend, Indiana, who didn’t know a single out LGBTQ+ student, never would have imagined how far we would come as a country. But what does our country look like to a closeted teen today? What future do they see?
They see a president banning trans service members from the military and attacking gay rights. They see queer-friendly businesses opening but can't forget Pulse. They see hate crimes rising. They see a country where they are still not fully free or safe—unsure if they belong.
Coming out is difficult. It was for me, too. After serving overseas, I realized that every day is a gift. I did not want to live my life without knowing what it is like to be in love. Years later, I am running for president with my loving husband @Chas10Buttigieg by my side.
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When I came to work for @amyklobuchar in the US Senate, I had only worked in the progressive movement before. Being a lesbian, being genderqueer, I was nervous about how I’d be perceived in the button-up culture of the Hill. 1/4
@amyklobuchar Senator Klobuchar never, ever... not for one second... made me feel like I didn’t belong in the halls of the Senate. She brought me into meetings with Supreme Court nominees and proudly introduced me to her constituents. 2/4
@amyklobuchar She grieved with me while we were prepping her for an interview just after the Pulse shooting. She had my back when a Republican senator kept “sir”-ing me that one time (awkward). And she laughed at my bad joke when we had to edit a speech in a Senate closet (long story). 3/4
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Diary thread 💁‍♀️
finally I can use my highschool calculus
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🏳️‍🌈#LGBTVoices Celebrates🏳️‍🌈
FIFTY YEARS OF PRIDE

Today: Homeless LGBT youth

In this thread, I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to share a couple of personal stories on LGBT youth, followed by resources for LGBT youth facing homelessness/are homeless

#PRIDE
Jack’s story from #NationalComingOutDay 2018—

Jack had a life altering impact on me. As an ally, it wasn’t even a hesitation to NOT take him in.
Jack didn’t have a support system & would’ve been homeless w/out help for coming out to his mother.
#Pride2019
I am happy to report that Jack’s story had a good outcome. Jack has moved to another state into his accepting father’s home. He is in college and currently pursuing his passion in architecture.
I’m proud to this amazing kid’s surrogate, bonus mom.

#PrideMonth2019
#LGBTVoices
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I was going to write up my coming out story for #NationalComingOutDay, but then I thought... wow, this story is really irrelevant now, isn't it? (thread inc)
By irrelevant I mean... well, when I was growing up, there were no examples of gay anything I could look to. Did you know that Liberace and even Boy George were initially thought to be straight? Eccentric, sure, but straight. Being gay was simply... 𝑑𝑒𝑣𝑖𝑎𝑛𝑡.
I remember a TV special called "An Early Frost" that came on TV when I was a teenager. It was about AIDS. Everything that I first heard that related to gayness which wasn't about 𝑠𝑒𝑥 was about AIDS. Gay sex meant death, and to many... we deserved it.
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Before midnight, I just wanted to remind everyone that I am a gay man who identifies at times and moments as queer. I am so grateful to all of those who came before and are still working today to make my life possible — and better. Thanks. #NationalComingOutDay
I have been blessed to have a supportive family and so many loving friends — yet I still know I went through a lot to get here. (And will still go through plenty more.) Take your time. Learn who you are. Find people who cherish the best parts of you. Keep them close.
As proud as NCOD makes me, the end of the day leads to a sinking in my heart, as I remember that it was overnight after Oct. 11, in the early hours of Oct. 12, that Matthew Shepard died in 1998.
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#NationalComingOutDay

A lot of you know I’m a fierce ally to my LGBTQ friends & community.

I’ve been offline today because I had both a heartbreaking and life altering experience I want to share about someone near & dear to me who came out today.

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Today, I received a frantic call from a family member from out of town who told me one of his best friends who lives in my town had been kicked out of his house. “What? Why?” I asked. “He came out to his mom. She kicked him out, he has no where to go…”
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3/10

“…He doesn’t know what he’s going to do. It was really bad. She wants nothing to do with him ever again…”

“Tell him to call me,” I said. “Tell him to come over here. He can stay as long as he needs to.”

#NationalComingOutDay
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It's #NationalComingOutDay, I've had the flag colors in my icon for awhile, but yeah, I'm bi. I have a lot of imposter syndrome about it because I'm monogamous and married to a man, but I'm still bi.
It's been hard to sort out over the years because with women, do I like how they look because I want to look that way? Do I like how they look because I want to draw them? Or is it because I want to smooch them? Interacting and overlapping.
But like, my attraction to men (and of course other genders) is like that as well. Sometimes someone is attractive and it just means I want to look at them or make art of them. I am very visual and that only sometimes has to do with who I want to smooch.
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A reminder on #NationalComingOutDay that only one country in the entirety of the Middle East supports, defends and celebrates freedom of choice:

#Israel
As a contrast to their equal rights in #Israel, here is how #gay men are treated in #Iran.
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Sodomy is punishable by death in #SaudiArabia.
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On #NationalComingOutDay I wish I could tell the 16 year old me that she'll survive.

I had been expelled from my all girls high school for being a #lesbian.
I had been put in a psychiatric ward for #conversiontherapy.
I had been separated from my gf.
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I don't want other #LGBT teens to experience what I did--the self-doubt, suicidality, cutting, anorexia--the many forms of self-harm that we learn/teach ourselves as ways to cope with lives that feel fraught, to take control we don't have.
#NationalComingOutDay ❤️💜💙💚🧡💛🖤
Knowledge is power.
Embrace who you are--there is so much strength in that.
Don't let other people define you.
Don't let other people claim you aren't "really" who you know yourself to be.
#NationalComingOutDay ❤️💜💙💚🧡💛🖤
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Mike Kalny, a Republican who held the elected position of precinct committeeman, sent this to Johnson County Democratic Women’s north chapter president, Anne Pritchett.

Kansas Republican vows to send 'lesbian Indian' Democrat back 'to the reservation'

usatoday.com/story/news/pol…
When he said, "kickboxing lesbian Indian back to the reservation", he was talking about @sharicedavids, who is poised to be the first Native American woman our country has ever sent to Congress.

And of course, Kalny looks like this. Here's his FB BTW.

facebook.com/mike.kalny
.@sharicedavids couldn't care less what some backwater shithead says about her.

She could use your support to show the GOP that a "lesbian Indian" can win in Kansas

➡️ bit.ly/fuck_Trump_SD

#ThursdayThoughts #nationalcomingoutday #dayofthegirl
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so much love to all my fellow queer folks who struggle with this daily. #NationalComingOutDay
"coming out" is a terrible phrase, as is the idea that you come out on one day. coming out is a long process that happens over & over.
understanding your own sexuality & queerness takes so long. & then ur expected to explain it to everyone you meet in the world.
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THREAD: as a gender nonconforming trans femme, every day is #NationalComingOutDay for me. Even in queer spaces, I must assert that I exist.
I come out multiple times every day. Every time a reporter misgenders me and I have to decide whether to correct them now email them later
Every time someone refers to me as "Dad" in front of my kid, & I have to decide whether its safe to correct them (often my kid just does it)
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Just to put things in reference... it was 5 years ago today that I came out publicly as trans and everything changed. #NationalComingOutDay
Love to folks who can live openly as who they are, all those yearning too and all those who may never get a chance to. #NationalComingOutDay
I spoke at Hofstra University last night & a young trans girl thanked me for being the only other trans woman on campus for those few hours.
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I came out when I was 14 at comprehensive school. It was 1991. People say ‘that’s young’ but I say something else. 1/ #NationalComingOutDay
2/ It was old. 14 years too old. I did not choose the closet. No one does. It grows around you. It’s formed by our gay-shaming culture.
3/ And it suffocates. At the time, I was gasping for air, I’d known for 2 years I was gay – a long time at that age.
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It seems appropriate for me to tweet a few words as #WorldMentaHealthDay flips over to #NationalComingOutDay, given me experience with both.
Follow along, or catch me in the morning. ❤️💛💚💙💜
For the longest time, I think I was embarrassed talking about my mental health issues not only bc of mental health stigma — but also b/c ...
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