Is Coming Out A Trend?

Not that long ago, I was talking to one of my friends about people coming out as part of a trend. Obviously, neither of us thought that that was true, but she said that she knew some people who thought that people were saying they were LGBTQA because it seems to be the popular thing to do.

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I never, for one second, believe that people who really are in the LGBTQA community will come out for a trend – I still remember coming out to my Mum as if it was yesterday, when in fact it was 2012. It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, even though I knew my mum wouldn’t be bothered, so the idea that people will just come out for a trend absolutely baffles me.

On New Year’s Eve, I was watching a murder mystery set in the 1920’s and it talked about gay men going to prison for sodomy. While I knew that happened, I found it so shocking and bizarre to actually hear it, and thinking of the number of people that have come out in recent years, I think it shows that society has become far more accepting of LGBTQA people, suggesting that more and more people feel comfortable being who they are, feeling secure that they won’t be ostracised for it, which can only be a good thing. I think the growth of social media has helped massively in this too. It means people can easily learn about different sexualities and genders that haven’t had a label in the past, helping them to find something that they identify with.

Of course, there will always be people that disagree with the LGBTQA lifestyle and I’m not saying that everyone should come out right now – you have to do it in your own time, when you’re ready and when it’s safe for you to do so, I just reckon that as a whole, it’s much easier to be LGBTQA now, than it was even 5 years ago and I can only hope that it keeps improving, so maybe one day people won’t even have to come out because it’ll be so normalised anyway.

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