The Alliance for Full Acceptance will be hosting a coming out seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (lunch provided) at the Charleston County Public Library on Calhoun Street. It’s a free event, through the help of members of the Lowcountry Gay and Lesbian Alliance.

From AFFA:

Learning to live openly and freely is a process that can be very difficult for many LGBT persons and their straight allies. Many of us waste precious time and energy hiding, if only partially, this important part of our lives. For allies, coming out and defending LGBT persons can be just as difficult. This workshop is about taking responsibility for your life, moving ahead and changing the world inside and around you.

When I first moved to Beaufort a few years ago, I wasn’t hiding anything. My resume included my inclusion in the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. Since we all know the way that offices talk, it may not surprise anyone that I never had to come out to anyone at my office for more than four years — everyone just seemed to know.

The thing about coming out is that it’s not something we’re done with after the first day. I’m always meeting new people and they’ll often ask “What does your wife do?” And these types of seminars aren’t just for gay people, but friends and families of gay people (think about how many times your mother gets the question “Are your kids married?” or “Is Greg seeing anyone?”).

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