Spark Post: Is National Coming Out Day reinforcing heteronormativity?

In “Heteronormativity and The L Word” from earlier this month, Chambers mentions the necessity for gay people to explicitly state that they’re gay is one result of heteronormativity.

Each year, National Coming Out Day falls on October 11. In Philadelphia, the LGBT community commemorates it through OutFest.

Is National Coming Out Day reinforcing heteronormativity? And even if it isn’t, why not?

In his HuffPost reflection posted this year, Wayne Dehsi says that he sees National Coming Out Day as remembering those who feel pressured to keep their sexual orientation secret. For him, it means less about declaring they’re gay and more about having to hide who you are. To Dehsi, maybe National Coming Out Day is more about reminding ourselves that heteronormativity is still a driving force, instead of a day that simply gives in and reinforces the heterosexual norm of having to come out.

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