Cindy Anderson, Lesbian
Associate Professor, Sociology
INVOLVEMENTS AT OU:
Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Director of Graduate Studies for Sociology, Graduate College Faculty Fellow and Co-Chair of Out@Work: OU’s LGBTA Employee Network
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE OUT?:
It’s important to be out because being a lesbian is how I want to interact with the world.
WHY ARE YOU PROUD?:
I am proud to be a mom! I am also proud to be a role model for members of both the LGBT community as well as members of our local community; I strive to offer a positive example of how wonderful diverse families can be.
WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT COMING OUT?:
I came out when LGBT-related issues were not prominent in our society. It was difficult to tell my family, but it was even more difficult to help them work through their feelings. I'm proud to say that even the most homophobic member of my family came to not only accept, but embrace my identity!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS WHO COME OUT?:
Come out to a role model or mentor; most of us are happy to talk with you about our experiences and offer advice.
THOUGHTS FOR NON-LGBT PEOPLE ABOUT LGBT PEOPLE AND CONCERNS:
Think in an inclusive way; don't let your default be "heterosexual." Use language that is inclusive of members of the LGBT community. We are a part of the mainstream, not an exception that needs to be acknowledged.