the present day this issue is still hotly debated..
myself I am Out ... all the way Out
it has been recent that I am Out under ALL conditions , in the past
I found it prudent
make a different choice, and I KNOW there will be those who disagree
my reasoning made sense to me at the time.. perhaps they can serve
guide line for yourself if your stuck
an answer to this question
have been many who have Praised my openness about my faith, and I thank
I haven't always been so far out, that I've never been in the closet..
my family would tell you I am still OUT ... of my mind :)
think I am weird, but then they have always thought so, but I am the first
call on to bless a new house too hehehehehe.. :)
AZ , where I spent half of my adult life,
of the closet was fairly easy, at least in large groups of other Pagans
is a very large ,very bold Pagan community out there
Calif. where I lived after that, for almost 7 years and only
members and have never seen a festival or anything else,
in the paper. Here in Texas, where I now live, in range
there is one, count em one Pagan shop and very few meets advertised.
I got very spoiled by AZ, which had more Pagan shops than I could count.
Pagans of AZ had already fought for the right to be out of the closet there,
I became a part of them,
it didn't come easy.
The first public ritual they held, was an occasion
crews and Protesters with picket signs
and attempts on the part of police to stop the rite.
it barely rates a notation on the society page :)
And any protesters that do show up, the cops come and haul THEM off.
in this very open Community. I was still in the closet
it came to my job.. why..? Because I worked for the Catholic diocese is
would have been black listed entire from my job, all my schooling would
been for naught. Not to mention the 200 plus people who wouldn't have gotten
training I provided, as I never would have been hired in the first place.
immediate supervisor knew and understood,
kept it to herself, but the people who
both our paychecks didn't know, and
was not about to tell them.
didn't mention it to school boards either, as I had no desire to
my kids over it, as had happened to others.. is this right..?
it happen.. ? Unfortunately
it did ... and in some places is
still happening :(
been a Pagan bumper sticker on my Car only once, as I have always had the
mine or the Grands with me, until recently
very first time I did put one on, some fool tried to run me off the road..
I know because the Cop who saw it all happen and went after and got the
to stop asking for trouble and lose the sticker.. can ya believe it..!
you this was some 25 years ago ) but off it came,
I could not in good faith risk the lives of others,
kids in this case, for my beliefs.
it harm none.. do what thou wilt..
for them coming out too public at that time..
have been harm
Coven members, even in open AZ, were openly attacked, in public,
some outraged citizen who nearly took
coven members head off with a baseball bat.
he did to their ritual goods is a crying shame too.
no other reason than they were holding ritual
the same place we customarily
such things..but they were alone.. just the two of them..
made them an open target
that its just me and my Pagan mate. And some 25 years later.. :)
say bring it on Honey.. Whatever ya got..
the only hide I'M risking, is my own
( my mate made his choice on that, a long time ago )
It's a sad thing to say of our world
some would still threaten the lives, livelihoods and children,
others for a difference of opinion,
it can happen..
in some places is STILL happening
we need both sides, protection, the closet..
we build a base that is strong,
let others know
ARE BACK ...
THIS TIME ... WE ARE STAYING !
do choose a place to stand, but do so mindful of the rights
those around you who could be affected, meanwhile ...IMHO
of us, like me, who have none to be hurt by the slings and arrows
outrageous misfortune will Be Bold,
soon, if we loud mouthed old Crones are bold enough :)
will be no need for a closet to be in,
any of us..
is my daily prayer for us all