National Coming Out Day and PRIDE Atlanta!
Happy National Coming Out Day and Pride Week in Atlanta!
Today's message is not a centered around physical health so much as it is psychological and emotional health. Please know that, if you are ready, coming out of the closet as LGBTQ will be one of the greatest decisions that you can make. I can't promise that it will be an easy road, but I can promise that living truthfully and loving who you want to love will make a lasting impact on your life.
I came out to my family when I was 20. It wasn't an easy process, but today, I have a richer and deeper connection with my family than I thought possible. It was such an incredible experience to share the love of my family and friends when I married my husband in April of this year. If you need help or need to talk to someone, please know that I am always available to listen. Additionally, I have a network of counselors and licensed therapists that specialize in LGBTQ populations that can help make the transition easier from closeted to out.
Please know that my office will always be a safe and welcoming space for people of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds as well as anyone of any sexual or gender orientation.
Furthermore, if you see this symbol, it is most often used to denote a straight ally, or another LGBTQ safe space available where you can be yourself.
In addition to National Coming Out Day, it is also ATLANTA PRIDE WEEK!
For a full list of the festivities, please visit the Atlanta Pride Committee's website, http://atlantapride.org. I know you'll be able to see me at the Aquarium Kick-off Party at the Georgia Aquarium. I'll be wearing something fabulous, to be sure. ;) You'll also probably see me out and about in Piedmont Park at the festival over the weekend, and along Peachtree Street somewhere for the parade on Sunday!
Yours in health,