Coming Out Again and Again

Coming out does not happen just once, it happens again and again. In this biographical diagram, I recorded the moments of revealing and concealing my queer identity during the first forty-six days in a new city. Each point represents one person to whom I choose to come out to—or not.

Winner of the 2019 STA 100 Award for Student Work.

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 The moments sit on a timeline that itself is concealed and revealed over the length of the diagram. The undulating shape of the timeline references a heart beat, the rate of which increases during a period of amplified emotion brought on by the threat/choice of coming out.

The moments sit on a timeline that itself is concealed and revealed over the length of the diagram. The undulating shape of the timeline references a heart beat, the rate of which increases during a period of amplified emotion brought on by the threat/choice of coming out.

 The annotations describing conversations in which I made a choice around visibility are also concealed and revealed. Some appear completely legible, and others remain partially hidden.

The annotations describing conversations in which I made a choice around visibility are also concealed and revealed. Some appear completely legible, and others remain partially hidden.

 The most prominent type is set in graduated tones of magenta, and becomes increasingly visible as my identity does over the course of forty-six days.

The most prominent type is set in graduated tones of magenta, and becomes increasingly visible as my identity does over the course of forty-six days.

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