Coming Out or Coming Home? Thoughts on The Coming Out Monologues

I want to begin this post by conjuring a HUGE *virtual* round of applause for Alex Kane (and the Queers & Allies as a whole) for an awesome event last night: I think I speak for most everyone when I say The Coming Out Monologues were hugely successful and should be a source of pride for everyone who participated in any way: way to go!

I can’t recall at time, here in Davidson or ever, where I have felt such a intense sense of community as I did last night in (of all places) the 900 room. I want to take this time to congratulate anyone who participated by reading, anonymously sharing, or just attending the event: take pride in the fact that you contributed, even if just in a small way, to something remarkable. To be honest, the warmth and inspiration I felt last night made me question Judith Butler’s claim that “If I claim to be a lesbian, I ‘come out’ only to produce a new a different ‘closet.’ The ‘you’ to whom I come out now has access to a different region of opacity” (Butler 309). Last night didn’t feel like we were constructing new closets, it felt like we were burning them down!

Last class Andres, Caroline, and I talked about the hypothetical genesis of our own feminist manifesto and how we would bring it to life. I think events like The Coming Out Monologues are essential to any sort of activism whether its in the name of a manifesto or something else entirely and, I encourage each and every one of you to go to events like this one when ever you have to opportunity because, I promise you, you don’t want to miss out!