Plenty of people feel that they just can't come out of the "broom closet," for any number of reasons. Often, it has to do with fear of what other people might think. Many times, it's because they're worried about their jobs, school, custody issues, or whatnot -- all of which are legitimate concerns. But as Paganism drifts a bit closer to the mainstream, we're starting to see more people stepping out to say that they are, in fact, Pagan. And the more that happens, the more normalized Paganism becomes. I recognize that I may be the only Pagan that some people know personally -- and I buy my groceries, drive my little Toyota, pay my bills, and take my kids to school just like those other people do.
Is coming out the right choice for everyone? Probably not. But if you're someone who's thinking about it, International Pagan Coming Out Day (IPCOD) is being held today, on May 2. IPCOD is "a not-for-profit organization working to achieve greater acceptance and equity for Pagans at home, at work, and in every community." It's kind of nice to see that there's a group out there which is about more than just Pagan pride -- IPCOD also wants to offer support to those who may be ready to come out, but just aren't sure what to expect.
Wondering how to decide if you should come out of the ol' broom closet or not? Read Should I Come Out? And then, if the answer is Yes (or even "I think maybe"), check out How to Come Out of the Broom Closet.
Read what some of our other readers have to say about When I Came Out of the Broom Closet.
So, if you're not out already, will this be the year for you?
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