It is brave because it is dangerous

Daniel Mallory Ortberg on coming out as trans:

“There was a real weight, even to wonderful reactions. I just feel like I’ve handed you a weapon. And even though you say “I love you, I promise I will never use this bow and arrow which has been specifically fashioned to find your heart,” you’re still holding it. So I felt like I was giving away something that could kill me.”

https://www.thecut.com/2018/03/daniel-mallory-ortberg-interview-heather-havrilesky.html

Anthony Oliveira in his piece, “Death in the Village”:

“Coming out is brave not because it is vaguely “scary,” like a school play; it is brave because it is dangerous. Some people get violent; some punish you financially; some just love you a little less, forever. You let them see the little fraction of yourself that you can trust them with, because you’ve learned love is almost always conditional. Surviving is brave, too.”

https://hazlitt.net/longreads/death-village

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