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Coming Out in Chile

Time August 24th, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Chile, LGBTQ Correspondents | No Comments by

This post is a reflection on my coming out process in Chile, as a cis gay woman. It’s based solely on my experiences and opinions¬†and is not at all intended to be a blanket statement regarding the queer community in Chile or the coming out process.
I really hate coming out, and don’t see it as something that is necessary. This might be an unpopular opinion, given the number of emotional coming out stories and videos that exist, but for me being gay is just another part of who I am and not something everyone necessarily needs to know or care about. I prefer to express myself as I want to, without having to worry about explicitly saying “I’m a lesbian!!!” in whatever situation I may find myself in. I do, however, believe that there are some situations in which people should know how I identify, like a study abroad program in which I’ll be living with a host family. I think it’s important to be out while abroad. There are some countries where it is relatively okay to be gay, some where being queer comes with scorn and disgust, and others that ban deviant sexualities altogether. Chile is an overwhelmingly Catholic country, and thanks to the stereotype I hold that links religion with a dislike of the queer community, I was ready to keep my identity on the down low. Thankfully, I’ve only had mostly positive experiences as an out queer woman and have also had my aforementioned¬†bias challenged.

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