Katie Meisky, Lesbian
Junior, Spanish major
INVOLVEMENTS AT OU:
Open Doors (Co-chair), LGBTA Leadership Council and Sigma Delta Pi
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE OUT?:
In order to be out, one must truly accept and be comfortable with themselves. By being confident in yourself you can help others to reach that point, and show those around you that there is nothing wrong with who you are.
WHY ARE YOU PROUD?:
I am proud to be a leader in the LGBT community, and I am proud that I am not afraid to be out and be myself.
WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT COMING OUT?:
The most difficult part of coming out is the fear of being rejected those you love. I am fortunate that my family and friends have all been open and accepting, making it easier to be happy with myself and my life.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS WHO COME OUT?:
It will get better, and you will find people to stand by you. Slowly, the world is changing, and it is up to us to keep it going.
THOUGHTS FOR NON-LGBT PEOPLE ABOUT LGBT PEOPLE AND CONCERNS:
The time is now for dialogues, compassion, and understanding. No longer can we allow the issues facing LBGT individuals to go unmentioned and unresolved. No matter how proud we are, we have to have support to be successful.