National Coming Out Day (shouldn’t that be International Coming Out Day?) originated in 1988, in celebration of the anniversary of the first LGBT and allies March on Washington. Oct. 11 (Oct 12 in some parts of the world) has become a time of celebrating who we are. For the past four years, Basic Rights Oregon has produced an event honoring coming out: The Coming Out Monologues. I was honored this year to share the stage with eleven others sharing stories of self-realization and self-empowerment. Here is mine:
New editions of both my books are now available! Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity is now in its third edition. This book has become a classic introduction to trans issues and the transition process. Journeys of Transformation: Stories from Across the Acronym is now in its second edition — I explain the LGBTQQIAA acronym to each other, providing historical context to explain how we got from here to there. You may think this book doesn’t apply to you if you’re not LGBTQ, but one of those A’s stands for Ally — the most important letter.