Hi everyone, it’s Harriet, the push tours officer. In honour of national coming out day last week, I wanted to tell y’all a little bit about my personal experience within WUSAC in particular. For those that don’t know, I’m bi, and pretty open about it. However, no matter how open anyone is about their sexuality, it’s inevitable that you do have to come out over and over again whenever you meet new people - it’s never just once! Even this post is a sort of coming out, since there may well be people reading this that I haven’t already told. Each time you come out is a different experience and has different intensity levels - for example telling your parents, flatmates and work colleagues are all different situations, and some are much scarier than others. Coming out to WUSAC was one of the easiest ways I’ve done it. There are enough people in the club who are open about not being straight that it always felt very inclusive and safe, so when I mentioned I was bi, no one even skipped a beat, it was just like okay cool and everyone moved on - which is just the reaction I like to receive. WUSAC aren’t bothered if you’re not straight, they just want you to enjoy being underwater and being a part of the club.
Not all coming out stories are as easy as that one, so this is just a reminder that no matter where you are in your coming out journey (whether you’ve come out a thousand times or never at all), you’re part of a community that respects and supports you, and you’re not alone. - Harriet