Post submitted by Trevor Chandler, former HRC Associate Regional Field Director

In a commencement address at Willamette University, Oregon Governor Kate Brown gave a powerful speech about the importance of living as your true self. She spoke about being closeted as bisexual, fearing losing her job and eventually being outed in the press.

“Brown said being out is important, and takes strength. She commended Willamette Bearcats football player Conner Mertens for coming out in 2014,” The Statesman Journal reported. “But since coming out, she said she's been grateful for the hope it has given others.”

Brown became the nation’s first openly bisexual governor after Governor John Kitzhaber resigned last year. If elected in November, she will be the first openly LGBT person elected Governor in U.S. history.

Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – matters. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.

Whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion -- from fear to euphoria. Coming out -- whether it is as LGBT or allied -- is a deeply personal journey for each individual. Learn more at HRC’s Coming Out Center.

Coming out is different for every person. For bisexual people, coming out can present some unique challenges. Read more via HRC's Coming Out as Bisexual Guide.

Filed under: Coming Out, Bisexual

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