Finally, see and be seen on the refurbished, year-round upstairs patio that boasts a DJ and plenty of dancing. Check out showtunes on Mondays and Family Feud-style trivia on Wednesdays. Sundays are especially wild thanks to ridiculously well-priced vodka specials and beer pong games upstairs.
We were on the back porch, smoke rolling up from the nearby barbeque grill, the smell of chicken roasting in the air. My father was more silent than usual. He took a hard swig from his beer bottle.
Today is National Coming Out Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Sharing our stories is a key way each of us can fight back against attempts to turn back the clock on LGBTQ equality. The idea for the day was the culmination of four months of momentum where more than activists were gathered in Manassas, Virginia, near Washington D.
In more recent years, the idea of the " lesbian and gay community " has been largely subsumed into the idea of the LGBT communityand the idea of "coming out" expanded to include not only the voluntary self-disclosure of a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientationbut also that of transgendernon-binarygenderqueer, or other non-mainstream gender identity. Eichberg, who died in of complications from AIDSwas a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience. This caused them to found NCOD in order to maintain positivity and celebrate coming out.
It is observed by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters " allies " on October 11 every year. NCOD founders Dr. Rob Eichberg and Jean O'Leary encouraged all people, of all sexual orientations, to "take your next step" in living openly and powerfully on October 11th.
Some people approach this particular square on the calendar with pride and courage, others with trepidation. Some research suggests that sexual orientation can show itself even at 3 years old. In our family, by the time our youngest son came out at 13, my wife and I had long progressed from inkling to conviction.
It was just after lunchtime on the day Amin Dzhabrailov was taken. A woman who was about to get married had come to the salon in the Chechen capital of Grozny where he worked, and the two were happily chatting as he colored her hair. Then, he recalls, three men in uniform barged in, asking for him by name. Soon, Dzhabrailov was being hauled outside, handcuffed and thrust into the back of a car.
Last Sunday was Coming Out Day - the one day of the year where everyone you come in contact with gets updated on your sexual orientation thanks to a handy tweet, status update or memo. Hashtag stillgay. See you next year!