May 2nd is International Pagan Coming Out Day ! Why is this important? Why, in 2013, are there *still* Pagans living in the broom closet? If you have to ask yourself these questions, you’re a lucky person who has probably already ‘come out’ (or never had too) and doesn’t face many, if any, legal or societal reprisals for being an openly Pagan person.
Pagans around the world are still under attack for their beliefs, whether it’s a writer in Florida, traditional Tibetan monks living under Chinese rule, or actual witch-hunts in parts of Africa, Papua New Guina and elsewhere. Wearing a pentacle to a job interview is still a factor in whether or not a person gets a job and can single someone out during airport security checks. Being openly Pagan is enough in some places to have child services called to investigate and otherwise incite the hostility of your neighbours.
If you’re an out and out Pagan, did you have to ‘come out’ or have you just always been that way? Tell us your story in the comments!