Lindsay Radomski, Lesbian
Junior, Psychology and Sociology Criminology
INVOLVEMENTS AT OU:
Student Senate Secretary, Open Doors and SpeakOUT! It is important to be honest with your family, your friends, and yourself. It is also important to educate others who may judge who we are simply because they are not correctly educated when it comes to the LGBTA community.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE OUT?:
It is important to be honest with your family, your friends, and yourself. It is also important to educate others who may judge who we are simply because they are not correctly educated when it comes to the LGBTA community.
WHY ARE YOU PROUD?:
I am proud that I am able to walk around OU holding my girlfriend's hand without being harassed or questioned. I am most proud of my family for how far they have come during my confusing struggle to find out who I truly am.
WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT COMING OUT?:
The most difficult part of coming out for me was when I had to come out to my parents. My friends were able to tell before I actually told them, but my family took the news as quite the shock. I was sure telling them meant it was the end of the world. It took time for my family to come around and I am so thankful that I can now be completely honest with my parents about who I am.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS WHO COME OUT?:
Please know that you are not alone. If you need to talk to someone, there are many resources and people all over campus to talk to. I know that for myself, going to the Open Doors meetings helped me find a support system as well as a way to be involved on campus. It is very easy to get stuck in your dorm room, your apartment, or your house and not want to face the world, but if we stick together we can all help one another!
THOUGHTS FOR NON-LGBT PEOPLE ABOUT LGBT PEOPLE AND CONCERNS:
Become an Ally! Through education with the help of allies, I will one day be able to legally marry my life partner. Without allies, the LGBTA community would not only be down a letter but without a crucial part of who we are and what we stand for.