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Q and A with Michael Bookman (he/him/his)

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.

Michael Bookman starting working with SpeakOUT eight years ago. He is 45 years old and enjoys traveling.

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

A: Reborn

Q: Why was coming out important to you? How was it challenging?

A: It was a part of my journey to form and uncover my true identity.

Q: If you could have told your younger self one thing before coming out, what would it be?

A: Seek and interact more with others who have already “come out.”

Q: How does SpeakOUT’s use of coming out stories help to create change?

A: It facilitates a recognition of our vulnerabilities and shared humanity.

Q: How have you witnessed SpeakOUT positively affect those around you?

A: That is a resounding, “YES!”

Q: Why do you volunteer your time with SpeakOUT?

A: It is therapeutic for me.