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National Coming out Day October 11th



I just love this note!! Don’t you?!

National Coming Out Day celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. We still need to embrace and celebrate this day. Approximately one out of every two persons knows someone who is   LGBTQ and making this day known not only promotes equality but encourages persons who have not “yet” come out.  October 11th is a day that should be shouting, “It’s okay to be you” and every day thereafter should be a safe place to just be “you”.  Youth Line is one helpline and resource for youths who need support…who don`t feel quite ready “come out” or are just confused.  It is an Ontario based helpline that trained teens answer and their website offers other supports.  For national support across Canada there is always Kids Help Line that offers phone support, web counselling  24 hours a day, 7 days a week as well as LiveChat 4 evenings a week, anonymous, confidential and free operated by professional bilingual (French + English) counsellors.   For those outside Canada, there are youthlines all over the world.  You can do a search on the Child HelpLine International to find one in your vicinity.

With the hit of SameLove  this year,  I discovered the rich voice and powerful poetry of Mary Lambert. I will be posting some of her work now. She truly goes in depth on issues many girls go through such as body image, self-esteem and sexual orientation.  Here is a lovely piece that SameLove was developed.

b me november 13 smile sideways© Cheryl-Lynn at StigmaHurtsEveryone, October 5, 2013

Photo Note, courtesy of May 2012 | Preliator pro 

Mary Lambert – She Keeps Me Warm



A little bit about moi: I am a mom, a nana, a sister, a woman, a friend, a human being…a youth counsellor, Family Life Educator. I have been working in the helping profession for over 25 years and volunteered in various capacities from youths to seniors. Tournesol is my nom de plume for haiku and other Japanese form poetry here at Tournesoldansunjardin I hope you enjoy reading through my daily waka. I also have another blog "Stop the Stigma" where I may stand on my soapbox now and then and hope it will become a place to drop in and share or comment on issues important to you. In that vein this could be a great way to learn from each other. Namaste!

19 thoughts on “National Coming out Day October 11th

  1. Reblogged this on Traces of the Soul and commented:
    October 11th is National Coming Out Day. Here is a great video that will warm your heart with her voice. She won the hearts of many with the release of SameLove. I think this day is a great way to embrace equality and accepting one another for who we are. Perhaps this message will help to drive a strong message in the following weeks leading to National Bullying Week in mid-November. Either way, this video is a positive whisper of a natural and genuine love. WI


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