FACEBOOK: COMING OUT DAY
COMING OUT IS AN ONGOING STORY
A celebration of Coming Out Day, October 11th 2020, through meaningful storytelling that creates connectivity and generates conversation.
We sought out four individuals from different walks in their LGBTQIA+ journey to speak to us about coming out and how it is not just about one day or moment, it is an ongoing story. Through mixed media Instagram carousels and stories we are introduced to D’Santi, Lee, Chad and Kite and their stories of coming out.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
For Chad, coming out is a story of becoming more authentic to himself, becoming who he is, inside and out, and being more open.
“I had a hard time coming out to the snowboarding community… I didn’t know where I would fit in.”
“I didn’t know if the timing was right, I didn’t know when and how I should do it… and I realized there is no best time. There is no better time than now. I realized it’s a journey for everybody, and it just takes time.”
SANTA FE, NM
For D’Santi, born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, coming out has been a journey full of music, heritage, identity, and love.
“Coming out to me is saying, I am D’Santi. I am here. I walk this earth like anybody else. And I want the same things.
I was 48 years old when the decision was made to transition. To look at old pictures it seems like a whole lifetime ago. Sometimes I don’t recognize myself and sometimes I’m OK with that, you know?”
As a Two-Spirit, I carry both male and female energy. I’ve been walking that path for 8 years now, and it saved my life.”
For Lee, coming out means defining the person they always wanted to be, and showing up as their authentic self no matter what environment they’re in.
“I am very proud to be trans. To be non-binary. Because I think people think we only exist in these particular spaces and that is not the case.
I am a musician. I am a bull rider. I am a technologist. I’m engaged. I’m a stepparent. I’m your neighbor. And there are many other people like me.”
STATEN ISLAND, NY
For Kite, coming out is a story of letting go of everything that was holding them back. Instead of being scared of the future, they learned to embrace the present with support from their family and online community.
“I think for me, coming out is letting it all go. Whether it’s a small thing, like changing your pronouns on Facebook, or letting people know you’re dating someone of the same gender, it’s the little everyday things.”
“The reality is that you come out all the time. You come out daily.”
CREATIVE STRATEGY / CONCEPTING / CREATIVE DIRECTION / FILM PRODUCTION
Creative Agency: KAMP
Director: River Gallo
Campaign Photographer: Devyn Galindo, Luke Gilford