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Orlando Tragedy Inspires People to Live Their Truth

by Hayley Miller June 15, 2016

Following the tragedy in Orlando over the weekend, several people on social media, including actress and author Mara Wilson, have opened up about their own sexual orientation and gender identity.

Wilson, best known for her role in the films Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, tweeted on Monday about her own sexual orientation after she posted several emotional tweets about the tragedy on Sunday.

“I said I *used* to identify as mostly straight. I've embraced the Bi/Queer label lately,” she said. “Your support is much appreciated.”

Wilson isn’t alone. Buzzfeed reported yesterday that several people around the globe took to Twitter and Instagram to live their truth.

Ashley Connick, a 28-year-old lawyer in the United Arab Emirates, came out as bisexual on Twitter.

Logan Kenny, 15, came out to his mom.

“I saw what happened and looked at Twitter for about 8 hours seeing all of the grief. I realised that this was the time to (come out),” he tweeted.

Other people have tweeted about coming out as bisexual and pan as well.

Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – matters. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.

Whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion -- from fear to euphoria. Coming out -- whether it is as LGBTQ or allied -- is a deeply personal journey for each individual.

Learn more at HRC’s Coming Out Center.

Image via Wikicommons.

Hayley Miller
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