PODCAST: Comedians share their coming out stories: the good, bad, and hilarious – 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Alejandro Morales, Bailey Pope, and Corey Saunders have three things in common. They're all local comedians. They're all members of the LGBTQ+ community. And they all have vastly different – and compelling – coming out stories.
Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day. To commemorate the occasion, in this episode of "It’s OK to Say Gay," we hear from all three comedians as they share their experiences coming out and advice for anyone who may still be struggling to cross over.
What you need to know:
October 11th is National Coming Out Day.
The day was first observed on October 11, 1988 to commemorate the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay rights.
By 1990, October 11th was officially recognized as Nation Coming Out Day in all 50 states.
The Trevor Project’s 2022 survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health found that 45% of LGBTQ+ youth seriously considered suicide in the past year.
The survey also found that queer youth who felt affirmed in school as well as their community, reported lower rates of attempted suicide.
It also found queer youth who reported high social support from their family attempted suicide at less than half the rate of those with moderate to low social support.
What Alejandro says:
Alejandro Morales, a Philadelphia-based comedian, acknowledges that there are a multitude of factors to consider when coming out, including your location.
“You don’t just say it once and then everybody knows you,” he explains. “You have to kind of get it out there,” to your family and friends, at home and at work.
What Bailey says:
Bailey Pope, a New York City-based comedian, explains that her upbringing was so strict that she actually had to come out twice.
“I grew up religious and so my family was really not happy about it,” she says. “I basically got nervous and I back-tracked…it was about two years later that I told them ‘Okay, now this is for real.’”
What Corey says:
Corey Saunders, a New Jersey-based journalist and comedian regrets not coming out sooner.
He explains that he’s still upset, “that I didn’t just go for it, and I didn’t just say ‘This is me.’”
He urges those who may still be on the fence about coming out this year – or any time in the near future – to be more confident. He says, “Do you. You will catch [yourself] if you fall.”


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