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Q and A with Gabi Morgan (she/her/hers)

To celebrate National Coming Out Day we are highlighting the coming out experiences and insights of several of SpeakOUT’s speakers. We asked them to fill in some of the details of what coming out was like for them and how it has affected their work with SpeakOUT. When our speakers share their stories out in the community, they inspire others to have the confidence to live more authentically and we hope it will do the same for you.

Gabi Morgan started working with SpeakOUT three and a half years ago. She is 64 years old and enjoys hosting events as well as participating in trivia.

Q: If you had to use one word to describe how you felt after coming out, what would it be?
A: Authentic

Q: Why was coming out important to you? How was it challenging?
A: The secret was eating me up for too long. I was letting the fears drive me. Afraid of being judged.

Q: If you could have told your younger self one thing before coming out, what would it be?
A: Don’t be reckless, but never NEVER let fears make all your decisions for you.

Q: How does SpeakOUT’s use of coming out stories help to create change?
A: It helps people with questions identify with other people and situations.

Q: How have you witnessed SpeakOUT positively affect those around you?
A: I have done engagements where audience members actually came out to us at end of the session.

Q: Why do you volunteer your time with SpeakOUT?
A: It helped give me a voice and confidence in who I am and the opportunity to listen to and help others.