CommunityFDL Action

The Importance of People Being Out of the Closet

There has been a huge shift in public opinion about same-sex marriage over the past decade and the number one reason people say they changed their mind is because they know personally know someone who is a homosexual. From Pew Research:

3-20-13 #3

People came out of the closet about their sexuality helped breed acceptance which in turn made it even easier for other people to come out. The process has been a self reinforcing cycle through our society.

While events like Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) reverse of same-sex marriage may make it self evident how important people coming out of the closet has been for the fight for marriage equality, it is a lesson activists across a range of issue should always keep in mind.

Whether it is marijuana policy, government funding for particular disease funding, immigration reform, or equal pay; personally knowing someone who has directly impacted by the issue has a big impact on what positions people take. For example, merely having more daughters seems to have a noticeable impact on how members of Congress vote on women’s issues.

Family and friends talking honestly about their experiences makes a powerful impression on the people they know. Personal familiarity is one of the strongest tools for change minds.

Previous post

The Most Outrageous Excuse to Deport a Mother of Three

Next post

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton 'Hacked' Benghazi Emails Reportedly Released

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at