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Are you coming out? OCT 12

COMING OUT IS ONE OF THE RITUALS OF LGBT LIFE. BUT SHOULD WE FEEL WE HAVE TO, ASKS KATRINA ALLEN

National Coming Out Day is celebrated in the UK on 12 October (US: 11 October) and commemorates the anniversary of an American national LGBT march on Washington in 1987. But do we actually need a Coming Out Day? Does it not put pressure on people who, for instance, are not ready to come out or who might be in a situation where it would actually be unsafe?

“A specific coming out day will certainly be helpful to some, in terms of being more open about their experiences with family, friends or colleagues,” says psychologist Meg John Barker. “But on the downside, a day like that can put pressure on people because they can easily take it to mean that it is somehow better to be out, or that they should come out.”

Coming out is obviously made easier (or otherwise), depending on your age-group, home locality, whether one is gay, bi or trans, or perhaps part of a conservative religious community. “It’s vital to remember that we don’t have a level playing field here and that it’s a lot more difficult – and even dangerous – in different situations. In some communities and workplaces it’s far more risky than it is in others,” states Meg John.

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Our cover star, Hannah Hart, has over two million fans who log into her quirky YouTube cookery show and it’s not hard to see why. Funny, talented, stylishly androgynous (and let’s face it, it’s still rare to see a show fronted by a boyish girl) and big on smarts, Hannah is our kind of woman. In her interview with DIVA she also shows us other sides to the goofball host who counts Jamie Oliver as a fan. While we’re fangirling, it seems a good time to mention actress Sophie Ward who talks about her part in the stage adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World. Elsewhere in this issue, we address racism in our LGBT communities and what we can all do to challenge and eradicate it. Our communities have a proud history of pulling together to support each other, whether that was lesbians and bi women supporting gay men during the AIDS crisis or gay and bi women challenging inequality in respect of class or disability, and we have a duty to work alongside queer people of colour who experience overt and covert racism daily. As we approach National Coming Out Day on 12 October, we present tips on how and when to let people know. Our wedding feature is chock full of suggestions for wedding and honeymoon venues and destinations, so whether you or someone you know is planning for their big day, we hope you’ll find it useful. Also in this issue: Queer baiting on TV Eurogames in Stockholm With same-sex marriage rights won, what's next for the USA? WEGAN tell us all about their new dating site, Find Femmes Amy Dillwyn: Victorian writer, industrialist and cigar smoker Scene: Brighton's Traumfrau And all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV
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