What is Come (Out) as You Are?

This is a safe space for LGBTQIA+ individuals to share their coming out stories with others and to stay up-to-date with LGBTQ topics.

Come (Out) as You Are is meant to be a safe haven and a sense of ease for those who can’t or choose not to come out. It is meant to provide LGBTQ folks and the community to read about how we come out ahead.

All stories are meant to be heard. We’re here to give you a platform to do so.

About the Editor

Pronouns: They/She

As a recent Multimedia Journalism graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Kaitlyn strove to pursue something they were passionate about.

They came into college in the fall of 2017 as a newly out LGBTQ individual and had no idea what they wanted to do while they were attending. Starting out as a communications major, Kaitlyn thought they had liked speaking to others but wasn’t aware of the business side of it at the time. They couldn’t speak to large audiences; a strong skill of theirs was communicating one-on-one.

“Then I was introduced to journalism. I suppose the one thing I had set in my mind coming into college was that I wanted to spread good news, hope, and empathy to others in addition to true facts. So I changed majors as soon as I could. I began reporting right away and I couldn’t stop. I loved it.”

About the Media Manager

Pronouns: She/Her

As a transgender woman, Robyn always pushes for equality and respect within the communities she serves and works hard to educate others about the LGBTQIA+ community.

Robyn also has a vast knowledge of law enforcement, legislation, and organizational development based on experience and education as she holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership Studies.

After sharing my coming out story and my knowledge with media management, law enforcement, and legislation Kaitlyn asked me if I would like to come aboard as the media manager and co-author. I was excited about this opportunity to take my knowledge and skills and apply them to further serving the LGBTQIA+ community.”