So have you thought about what you want to be for Halloween yet? It is October 11th, after all. The end of the month will be here before you know it! I spent a chunk of my adult life ignoring the holiday for the most part, but by the time I turned 28 I was desperately trying to figure out how I could publicly come-out as transgender and I suddenly realized that Halloween gave me an opportunity to be myself, if only for a night.
From the late 1990's into the early 2000's, I trotted out an assortment of costumes including a couple stints as a witch (a no-brainer for me since the Wicked Witch of the West is one of my favorite villains,) a band groupie, the Evil Tooth Fairy, and Gwen Stefani. I won first place in a costume contest with the Evil Tooth Fairy.
But what if Halloween could be every day? What if you could feel free to be whatever and whoever you wanted year round? Wouldn't that be wonderful? Today is National Coming Out Day, a holiday that highlights the idea that the more of us who are LGBTQ and choose to step-out-into the light, the more we show our friends, family, and others that we're not some unseen strangers. We've been a part of your lives, perhaps right under your nose for a long time! For each of us who can muster enough courage to step-forward, we make it a little easier for those who follow us!
So Halloween every day? Why not! At least that's the message from today's musical artist: San Francisco punk rock band, Dead Kennedys. From their 1982 LP, "Plastic Surgery Disasters," here's a tune called "Halloween." Happy National Coming Out Day!
I came out publicly and claimed my true identity as Kristen Rebecca Eck on May 4th, 2016. It was the best day of my life so far and one that I will never regret!