Monologues showcase life stories
Coming Out Day event highlighted by largest ever attendance
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 22:10
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, Texas A&M hosted its seventh annual Coming Out Monologues on Friday, which were written and performed by members of the student body and others affiliated with the University.
Inspired to some degree by the Vagina Monologues, which are written and performed to represent a variety of women’s stories, the Coming Out Monologues featured personal narratives from speakers of various backgrounds surrounding the process of coming out as any identity in the LGBT community.
Megan Caldwell, graduate assistant at the GLBT Resource Center, has worked to put together the production of the Coming Out Monologues, and was proud to see the courage of those who stood up to tell their stories for what she said was the largest attendance in the history of the event.
“Coming out is difficult, and it’s an ongoing process,” Caldwell said. “People don’t always see that. It can be incredibly impactful to hear stories from people in different stages of the process, and it’s positive for our straight allies to understand those stories, as well. These stories help to illustrate the breadth of the coming out process, not just as a narrative, but as different ways to have that experience as well.”
Sidney Gardner, GLBT Resource Center program coordinator, prefaced the evening with a short introduction and said the amount of progress that the LGBT movement has made is indescribable and inspiring to see.
Claire Mosley, senior health major, said she left the monologues feeling glad that she had come.
“I’m a part of the community, showing my support,” Mosley said. “It’s especially important around here for people to tell their stories, and for others to listen. There’s a safe space that it creates.”
Saad Dawoodi, senior biochemistry major, was also a part of the audience Friday, and said the complexity of the narratives that were shared showed the uniqueness of experiences in the LGBT community.
“People who are not actively engaged in the community see a very one-sided view of the community and oftentimes see individuals inside it as one-dimensional,” Dawoodi said. “People in the GLBT-plus community have a unique struggle. We are not homogenous and we have very complex stories. Being gay is often misused as an umbrella term and tonight helped to dispel that notion. Being part of any minority gives individuals a certain world insight — insight that should be shared.”