When we talk about coming out as a “privilege” there needs to be talk about the closet as a privilege as well.

Yes, not all queer people can come out. For some, the threat of violence is tangible and ever-present. For some, the fear of rejection is too great.

However, there needs to be more talk about those among us who could never be closeted even if they wanted to. They NEVER passed as cis and/or straight.

They LIVED with the violence, not just the threat of it. They LIVED the rejection and not just the fear.

As we critique an LGBTQ movement that asks us to come out into the crossfire, we should be thinking of those live in it without a choice.

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