What is ‘coming out’ in 2015 as LGB or T? Do we need to do it? Same-sex marriage exists, being gay/bi is no longer treated as an issue (or neither should it be) but why is there still the need for people to come out?
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Having pride is about feeling worthy, having respect for ourselves, respecting each other, and having dignity in our beliefs and the way we live our lives. It is particularly important to demonstrate this pride in the face of such hatred, ignorance and homophobia, transphobia and biphobia that many have experienced (eight in 10 LGBT people have been abused or harassed, with one in 10 suffering physical assault, Hardy, 2015).