Happy National Coming Out Day!

For the last 30 years, people have celebrated coming out as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) person. We do this because one of the most basic forms of activism an LGBTQ person can do is to be themselves.

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BGTX North Texas Organizer Jay Franzone

As I started to realize I might be gay, I asked myself questions. Questions about religion, what legal rights I would give up as an openly gay man, and how I could have a family in the future. Even after coming out 8 years ago to my family — those questions lingered.

The fight for marriage equality was ongoing as was the battle for equal benefits. I felt like I had to do something but I wasn’t about to get married or get benefits — I did, however, want to give blood. …

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Juneteeth Won’t Wait, by Madyson Crawford

“Juneteenth won’t wait…Juneteenth won’t wait” my grandmother sings. She pats a soft beat on her leg and sways side to side. She explains the foods, games, and family time they spent celebrating the day of freedom. Her mother celebrated Juneteenth as a child and passed along the importance of this monumental moment with her children.

Progress comes with passion and fight. As the political climate intensifies across the country and we organize to protect ourselves and our communities, we must remember this momentous day. Two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texans were notified that they were, indeed, emancipated from slavery. …

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Terry Bermea

Joining Battleground Texas in 2014 was one of the best decisions I ever made. Organizing quickly became a passion of mine, and I owe it all to Battleground Texas.

The tools and knowledge I learned in 2014 allowed me to go on to work for one of my heroes, Hillary Clinton, in 2016. My decision to leave Texas was not easy, but I knew it was something I had to do. …

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