Since 1988, a Coming Out day has been held annually on 11 October. On that day, attention is paid to the moment a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) openly expresses a sexual orientation or gender identity: ‘coming out’. This is not a one-off event, because a new context with new people always requires a new legitimation or acceptance of someone’s gender and / or sexuality. A (first) coming out can therefore be personal and vulnerable, but it is often experienced as a relief afterwards. What does that mean?
UvA Pride challenges you to reflect academically on the socio-cultural significance of a ‘coming out’. Is this “celebration” still necessary, or is it actually already changing? Why don’t straight people have to come out? Is heteronormativity in society reinforced by “coming-outs”? Is sexuality something we do or should be? Does someone’s identity change once that person comes out? After all, the power of acceptance often lies with the other person instead of with the person who comes out? Is there not an unequal relationship, a relationship of dependence, attached to a ‘coming out’? Can it be different?
In order to pursue a more inclusive approach to Coming Out Day, UvA Pride proposes to connect ‘Coming Out’ to ‘Calling In’, where everyone is welcome to contribute to give minorities a stage or to denounce discriminatory practices.
5 students shared their opinion on Coming Out Day via a video message that can now be viewed via this website.
We would like to invite you to send your thoughts on the above questions about “Coming Out” Calling In “to Pride@uva.nl.
State whether you want your contribution to be published via the UvA Pride website and whether you want it anonymously. Only reactions via the UvA e-mail address are eligible for publication.
The UvA Pride team in cooperation with the CDO team