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Elizabeth Gilhuly, Takoma Park
I guess I must be a renegade... I freely announced to my mother as a youth when I knew I wasn't Catholic (as she hoped) and, instead, I was Pagan. I didn't care what she, or anyone else thought. I still don't care what any naysayers think of me and my spiritual path. If someone disowns me because of it, well they were never really that invested in loving me and being a part of my life to begin with. If someone would literally disown you for this, they are and never were a friend.
I send my support to all those who feel timid--Don't. You have just as much a right to believe in and practice the spirituality of your heart as do the Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and others have the right to believe in and practice the spiritualism they believe in. You have just as much the right to this as you do the color of your hair.
Kallan Kennedy, Abingdon
As someone who's been out since leaving Christianity, I'm totally supportive of both those who do and those who don't come out today. It's a personal choice and it's not something people should take lightly. More>>
Angela Roberts Reeder, Baltimore
Pagan Coming Out Day and National Day of Prayer share the same date. Therefore, I offer up a prayer to the gods of my people that justice and compassion grow in the hearts of all that no one has to hide who they are and what they believe and that strength and love infuse those who are poised on the threshold of coming out. So Mote It Be.
Erica Shadowsong, Columbia
Happy Pagan Coming Out Day! I am fortunate enough right now, somehow, to exist in a professional sphere where not only do I not have to hide it, but it's seen as an asset. And I'm glad to have done the telling to my family already, though it's always hard to know they may not quite understand. Still, to being free to be authentic!
Norma Hamlet-Zarpak, Gaithersburg
I came out of the broom closet when I was a junior in high school. Even though I lived in the Bible Belt of Kentucky it never occurred to me NOT to come out, and I never really thought of it as "coming out". To me it was just being who I was. This is not tooting my own horn as being brave or anything; if anything it is showing just how naive I was. I could have endured horrible consequences like loss of friends, tauntings, bullying, etc. More>>
Seanara Coyote, the District
Most people who know me know that I'm Pagan. It's an integral part of whom I am. However, as I'm a private person, I share that as I see fit and with whom I choose. No big splash announcements, no T-shirt with fluorescent pentagram and four-inch-tall lettering that says "Blatant Witch." Yes, I wear a pentagram in public, but you have to look closely to see what it is. My Cerridwen triskelion and Kernunnos stag's head pendants proclaim themselves -- for those who know what they are.