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Building Bridges

Stephanie Miller
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 07:30:09 GMT

I first came out as a lesbian a few months before my 40th birthday. You could say I was a late bloomer. Really I was finally overcoming my fears. Or starting to overcome them. Because coming out is something you have to do over and over. It's a decision to look at whatever fear you have and decide to go forward anyway. My child first came out as non-binary in high school. I look at them and think they are so incredibly fearless. But I also know they are having to face down fears and keep going, stepping into the light of who they are, every time they introduce themselves, every time they tell someone their pronouns. Coming out is a little like building a bridge. You are creating a connection--between who you were and who you are becoming, where you were and where you're going, the past and the future. This tour is all about building bridges. For me personally, it's building a bridge between who I am and where I'm from now, and the South where I was born and raised as a child. Those two places seem very far apart at times, but it also feels so important to reach out and make that connection. You have to be a little fearless to build a bridge. My hope for myself and this tour is that, by facing down fears, and paving the way with authentic joy and love, that we create the kinds of connections that make the distance seem not so far, and the journey a little easier.

curtisponzi
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:44:03 GMT

I am deeply moved by your post. For the first time since I was 13 and left the church, I have found my self surrounded by love, compassion and kindness coming from religious churches and it's taken me a little aback. I had/and am having a quasi-religous rebirth of FAITH. Not necessarily FAITH in a "G.O.D", but faith in PEOPLE of FAITH who are guided by love and compassion towards other individuals. I'm open to wherever this may lead. I hope your journey through and beyond the LPT leads you to wonderful and fearless journeys.