So, May 2nd is Pagan Coming Out Day.
I know very little about the International Pagan Coming Out Day organization (http://pagancomingoutday.com/), so I don't really know how I feel about yet another Pagan holiday / movement borrowing words from / being named from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer movement.
I am familiar, though, with the International Pagan Pride Project (http://paganpride.org/), which is an excellent organization, and which openly and gratefully acknowledges its debt to the work of the Gay Pride Movement and to all the lesbians, gay men, bisexual women and men, queer women and men, and transgender women and men who have gone before, paved the way, and provided inspiration for the Pagan Pride Movement.
Why are Pagan Pride and coming out important?
They're important for the same reasons as for LGBTQ people, and as they are for the members of any minority group.
Visibility. Survival. Combating discrimination and prejudice. Building community. Building bridges. Education -- sharing the truth with ourselves / each other and with people outside our community. Equality. Integrity. Celebration and joy. Honoring our fabulousness.
Yes, honoring our fabulousness. Honoring and celebrating each other.
Acknowledging and honoring those who have died due to prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination, and working to end them.
Celebrating those of us who are alive, those who have gone before, those of us who work every day to make equality truth and not just words on paper, those of us who live every day in the world walking through our lives as Pagans, in the bright variety of Paganisms that exist all over the world.
Thou art Goddess.
Thou art God.
Thou art Divine.
Thou art Sacred.
Thou art Fabulous.