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"We already know"— Well, that's not the point, thank you.

I'm so sick of the "OMG everybody knows!" reaction to someone coming out. People don't get it. Coming Out is not about who [italic]"knows"[/italic] already or not. It's not some service to bring the straights into the know. It's about affirming [italic]oneself[/italic]. It's the confirmation of the fact that there's NOTHING wrong with being gay and being open about your [italic]perfectly human concerns[/italic] in life. Romance, sex, marriage, or not having any of that. It is about affirming the fact that your life, like any hetero's, will include the occasional conversation to a friend about a partner, a loved one, a date, or a shag- whatever. You have just as much right to feel good about last night's date as the friend who might brag about her one night stand. You have just as much right to openly worry over your partner's illness as the office-mate who might raise awareness for his wife's breast cancer. You have the right to say, "I'm married", "I'm in love", "I'm happy because of HIM / HER" It has little to nothing to do with what society knows or doesn't know about you. It has everything to do with what you know and love about yourself.

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