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National Coming Out Day/ Release Day

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

October is LGBTQ History month. It's a time when we honor those that have gone before us who have helped pave the way for us, for our kids and our future generations. It's a time to remember and reflect on the past and let it help us as we look to the future. I applaud the school districts that are starting to teach LGBTQ history in their curriculum, there is a great need for this. There was so much that I didn't know I didn't know, until I made it a point to actively learn.

Along with learning about and honoring those who came before us, October is also for celebrating people in who they really are. When for centuries people have had to hide who they loved, or who they were in fear of their lives, it is a beautiful thing to be able to celebrate it loud and proud. October 11th is National Coming Out Day. For some, this is a day of revelry, a day of pride, a day of rainbows, glitter, unicorns, and flags. For others, it is a day that may bring more weight, they may not be ready or feel safe enough to come out, and are watching and wishing for the day when they can.

So if you're out, or in, or somewhere in between, I see you, you are loved, you are beautiful, you are perfect as you are.

I chose National Coming Out Day as the release day for Of Heart and Wings intentionally. In the Dragon King Series, more than a story of a prince, a dragon shifter, and an adventure, I wanted to show love and acceptance in who you are. It is a love story that shows that deep connection and true companionship isn't defined by gender. I also wrote my dragon character with my gender diverse friends in mind. I decided that if I were creating my own fantasy world, I got to make the rules, and I wanted a world where my characters wouldn't face any hatred or negativity for who they loved. My two male MC's may question themselves, just because it wasn't something they thought of, but they will never face any negativity from anyone else, in fact, there is nothing but support and encouragement from their friends and loved ones.

On National Coming Out Day- Escape into a world that celebrates and honors a sweet, endearing love story with a fun adventure.

*If you are feeling alone, or unseen, or just need someone to talk to, please reach out to the Trevor Project, they have lots of resources, as well as a 24/7 helpline where you can call, chat online, or even text with someone. You don't have to do this alone, there's a lot of people that are available and willing to walk beside you. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/

**If you are looking for ways to learn more about being an ALLY, or maybe you've had a loved one come out to you and you need help or more information to learn how to support your loved one, please check out Freedhearts, it's a great organization with resources for parents, pastors, teachers, etc They have youtube videos, a new podcast, and private groups for families and loved ones to get support as they learn how to walk this big beautiful journey. https://www.freedhearts.org/

With lots of love and big mom hugs from me to you,

Debbie

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