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SXSW Interactive 2015

National Coming In Day

"When did you realize you were straight?"
"Do you think that you are attracted to the opposite sex because your mother gave you too much attention? Or because your father didn't?"
"I don't understand how it works...you know...the sex part..."

Have you ever had to declare your heterosexuality to a parent? In a meeting? To a friend? Of course not. But members of the LGBTQ community often find ourselves in situations that we must "out" ourselves. This panel will explore this cultural phenomenon with the hopes of using humor to show how when approached from the other perspective, these "coming out" stories can be awkward, challenging and often unnecessary. We will discuss the National Coming In Day project where allies are encouraged to "in" themselves the week before National Coming Out Day to shed light and humor on this topic.

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  1. What is the most awkward question you have ever been asked about being LGBTQ?
  2. Would having family members and peers declare their heterosexuality help shed light on the sensitive coming out process?
  3. Why do members of the LGBTQ community come out of the closet?
  4. How have the "It Gets Better" and other gay movements used technology to reach isolated members of the gay and bigoted communities?
  5. Will there be a backlash if a conservative President takes the White House and looks to repeal marriage equality? What will happen to the millions of folks who have aligned themselves with these causes?



Lynn Yeldell, Co-Founder, L Style G Style

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  • Tags: diversity
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Diversity and Emerging Markets
  • Level: Intermediate
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