Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

British site reveals coming-out stories
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2012-10-02

This article shared 5934 times since Tue Oct 2, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The website RUComingOut.com features coming-out stories from people around the world, reinforcing the theory that LGBT people are not alone. In an email interview, site founder Wayne Dhesi (who resides in the United Kingdom) discussed everything from his own coming-out to what surprises him about people's experiences.

Windy City Times: This website, I'm assuming, started with your own coming-out story. What is yours?

Wayne Dhesi: My coming out was actually pretty event-free. I always had an idea I was gay since I was about 15 but didn't admit it to myself until I was 20. I came out to close friends and then family when I was 21. I had no negative reaction and soon came to realize that those close to me already knew but were simply giving me the time and space I needed to make the choice to come out. My full coming-out story is on the website at www.rucomingout.com/wayne.

WCT: What are some commonalities these stories share? What are some differences?

Wayne Dhesi: Out of the 100+ stories I've received and uploaded to rucomingout.com, I'd guess around 95 percent of the people talk about this feeling of "always knowing" they were different somehow. Obviously, when you're growing up you have nothing to compare those feelings to, so it takes time sometimes to work out that you're not just uninterested in girls (or boys) but you are actually gay. In a lot of the stories I've received from people in their twenties and thirties, there is this general agreement that coming out gives people the confidence and ability to be more honest in other aspects of their lives as well. Many people cite coming out as a major factor in them being able to pursue successful careers and have rewarding relationships.

Although there are similar themes in the stories we publish, every single story has its differences. I decided to give @JayDeeEss—a 60-year-old married man with two daughters—the opportunity to have his own section on the site to explore his coming out. He is experiencing that process now and I felt it was important to give him a forum to be able to share his experience rather than simply tell it. The response to Jay's story continues to be amazingly positive and supportive as readers take this journey with him. It's fantastic to know that the website is playing such a major part in someone's coming-out experience.

WCT: Has a story (or more than one) ever provoked an emotional response from you?

Wayne Dhesi: Obviously, the stories that I can relate to make me feel more connected to them but every story makes me feel proud as they all ultimately

result in the person finding themselves in a position where they feel strong, confident and proud enough to share them. The story by New Jersey museum curator Ulysses is one of my favorites and makes me feel immensely proud and happy every time I read it. Ulysses was part of the post-Stonewall generation who shows how amazing and fulfilling life can be for gay people. It's at www.rucomingout.com/ulysses.

WCT: Are there certain parts of the world that have more coming-out stories on the site?

Wayne Dhesi: As I'm based in the UK and the first stories were submitted by friends of mine, the majority of stories are from people in England. However, the site includes stories form the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Sweden, Ireland and Spain.

WCT: What's been the one thing that's surprised you most about the stories?

Wayne Dhesi: I'm constantly surprised at how willing people are to share their stories to help others understand the coming out process. Many people have told me that they have found the process of writing their story very theraputic and surprisingly emotional. I would suggest that anyone who is thinking of submitting a story to just start writing it and see where it takes you. You may be surprised at the things you learn about yourself, even if your coming-out was a while ago! When I wrote mine I realized things about that time in my life that I had shut away or simply never before been able to understand. It was a great experience for me.

WCT: Have there been any celebrity connections to the site (e.g., their own coming-out stories)?

Wayne Dhesi: UK soul singer Beverley Knight was the first celebrity story I received. Bev is straight but she does a huge amount of work supporting the gay community. Her story was about her friend who came out and her reaction to it. Since then, the site has published stories from the lead singer of British band The Feeling, Dan G Sells; reality TV star Bobby Norris; and Team GB [canoeing] athlete Matt Lister.

WCT: You tackle certain issues on your site's blog, such as Rupert Everett's recent comments about gay parents. I'm curious: Do you have any thoughts on the state of LGBT-related issues in the United Kingdom—or the United States, for that matter?

Wayne Dhesi: My blog on the site is a space for me to comment on wider LGBT issues but I've always got an eye on the original aims of the site. My recent

entry about Rupert Everett's comments about gay parenting was an opportunity for me to show those still in the closet—and maybe staying there becasue they feel society won't make it easy for them to become a parent in later life—that not everyone shares those opinons. I think it is important for us to provide a balance to those negative comments. If closeted gay people only hear the negative views of LGBT lifetsyles in the media then they are less likely to feel comfortable coming out. It's not a case of being militant and all of us becoming activists; it's simply about us showing gay life in a positive, normal light.

Equal marriage is currently a hot debate topic in the UK. I talk about this on my blog. It's hard to put your view across about a subject so widely debated in a few paragraphs, so I really encourage and enjoy the comments I receive. I've learned that the best way to be confident in your own opinion is to listen to others.

WCT: Everyone's coming-out story is different, but do you have any advice for someone who's contemplating doing so?

Wayne Dhesi: Although it's difficult to offer advice to people you haven't met, there are things I would suggest people contemplating coming out should do.

Obviously, I would love for them to read some of the stories on the website, as I honestly feel they will help at least with understanding what other people in a similar situation went through. The fear of coming out and of the reactions that may follow is far worse than the reality because we prepare ourselves metally and emotionally for the worse case scenario. In my experience, as soon as I admitted to myself that I was gay and stopped trying to fight those feelings, I felt a huge weight had been lifted. I obviously felt anxious about having to tell people but the moment I came out to the first person signaled the start of the rest of my life. It's not easy, not always, but it does get easier and there are people who will support you and love you, no matter what.

Don't pre-empt other people's reactions; there's no point. If anyone reacts negatively, don't let this become your issue; it's [that person's]. It's important to consider that they may need some time to digest what you're telling them; this doesn't necessarily mean they have a problem with it.

Wayne Dhesi can be reached via the Twitter handles @waynedavid81 @rucomingout as well as www.facebook.com/rucomingout and www.rucomingout.com .


This article shared 5934 times since Tue Oct 2, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

THEATER Melissa Gilbert joins 'Rehab' cast with Dan Butler
2021-10-25
Melissa Gilbert—an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actor, director, producer and New York Times best-selling author known for her role on TV's Little House on the Prairie—will join the cast of the upcoming world premiere of When ...


Gay News

LGBT HISTORY MONTH Angela Davis, revolutionary
2021-10-24
By Victoria A. Brownworth - "You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time," said Angela Davis, 78, the country's most famous living revolutionary. She was born ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Trans women in sports, Grindr crime, 'Berlin Patient,' trans death
2021-10-24
Sports icon Billie Jean King, U.S. National Women's Soccer Team Co-Captain and World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe, and WNBA stars Layshia Clarendon and Brianna Turner joined more than 150 fellow athletes in women's sports to support ...


Gay News

On Spirit Day, celebrities and others reach LGBTQ+ youth around the world
2021-10-22
--From a press release. Video below - New York, NY, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 - Yesterday, GLAAD celebrated Spirit Day, when participants around the world wear purple or go purple online in a united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBTQ ...


Gay News

LGBT Chamber of Commerce holding 25th-anniv. gala Dec. 7
2021-10-22
The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois will come together with sponsors, corporate partners, members and friends to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala. The gala (dress code: cocktail chic) will take place Tuesday, Dec. ...


Gay News

Author Margaret Atwood in anti-trans controversy
2021-10-21
The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood has been called transphobic after she shared an article complaining about gender-neutral language on Twitter. According to PinkNews, the opinion piece—which Toronto Star columnist ...


Gay News

'Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets' LGBTQ+ Representation in the Media' panel Nov. 4
2021-10-21
--From a press release - In recent years LGBTQ+ people have increasingly seen representations of themselves, celebrations of their lives and stories, and coverage of LGBTQ+ issues across media channels. This has led to a worldwide rise in understanding, cultural acceptance, ...


Gay News

LGBT History Project: Tee A. Corinne: Photographer of lesbian sexuality
2021-10-19
By Victoria A. Brownworth - Over her decades as a lesbian photographer and artist, Tee Corinne said, "I'm one of the most obscure famous artists." Famous? Yes. Obscure? Certainly not within artistic circles nor within the queer art world where she ...


Gay News

Wizard World Comic Con returns to Chicago
2021-10-17
After being canceled last year because of the COVID pandemic, Wizard World Comic Con Chicago returned to Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on Oct. 15-17—and thousands of people attended. People ranging from attendees to vendors ...


Gay News

Dozens of celebrities, companies set to take part in Spirit Day on Oct. 21
2021-10-15
--From a press release - New York, NY, Thursday, October 14, 2021 - Today, GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced a preliminary list of celebrities, shows ...


Gay News

THEATER Broken Nose presenting looter drama 'Primer' Nov. 15-Dec. 5
2021-10-15
Broken Nose Theatre, a pay-what-you-can theater company, will run the world premiere audio drama Primer, described in a release as "a deeply honest look at the prioritization of property over people. Ensemble member Spenser Davis wrote ...


Gay News

THEATER 'A Rocky Horror Picture Party' at The Den on Oct. 30-31
2021-10-12
Haven is presenting Science Fiction / Double Feature: A Rocky Horror Picture Party—an immersive Halloween experience that brings to life in vivid technicolor the world of the cult-classic film—directed by ...


Gay News

Netflix suspends trans employee who tweeted about Chapelle special
2021-10-12
Netflix suspended a transgender employee who criticized the new Dave Chappelle stand-up special The Closer, writing on Twitter that Chappelle's jokes were harmful to transgender people and the LGBTQ community, NBC News noted. The company denied ...


Gay News

WORLD Japan politics, video games, lesbian tennis player, Mr. Gay World
2021-10-10
LGBTQ+-rights activists were hoping Japan would finally allow same-sex marriage if Taro Kono, who has publicly supported same-sex marriage, became the country's next prime minister—but their hopes were dashed. Japan's ...


Gay News

Visceral Dance Chicago bringing world premieres to Athenaeum Theatre
2021-10-06
--From a press release - CHICAGO, Oct. 5, 2021 — Visceral Dance Chicago—a contemporary company committed to the progression of diverse artists, programs and community collaborations—announced its Fall Engagement 2021 program. The dance company returns ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.