Eric Questel, Gay
INVOLVEMENTS AT OU:
Student National Medical Association (SNMA), OU-HCOM Student Government Association and Wellness Committee American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE OUT?:
Fear of not being accepted by family, friends and loved ones is a major concern for LGTB individuals. Being out or an ally increases awareness and hopefully acceptance of LGTB issues.
WHY ARE YOU PROUD?:
I am most proud of my 3 year relationship with my partner and best friend.
WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT COMING OUT?:
The most difficult part of coming out was getting over the fear that I was letting people down and not living up to others' expectations. Discarding all those negative thoughts was really difficult.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS WHO COME OUT?:
Surrounding yourself with friends, mentors or peers who are supportive is helpful. My friends helped me though some of my tougher times. Don't be afraid to look into counseling or other services at OU; don't be afraid to ask for help.
THOUGHTS FOR NON-LGBT PEOPLE ABOUT LGBT PEOPLE AND CONCERNS:
It's important to be mindful of what you say to other people and what assumptions you make. Insensitive gender or heteronormative comments can be hurtful and worsen the fear of coming out. Everyone has their story; be kind and compassionate to others.