October 2009

National Coming Out Day

Today, October 11th, is National Coming Out Day. The day was "founded"

by Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary twenty one years ago in 1988 in celebration of the first gay march on Washington D. C. Dr. Eichberg, now deceased, was a prominent research psychologist who studied the effects of coming out, and not coming out, and wrote the book Coming Out: an Act of Love. Jean O'Leary was a gay rights activist and former nun who helped create the gay rights movement. O'Leary, among other accomplishments, was the first openly lesbian delegate to a national political convention.

The Cost of Being Gay

This New York Times article discusses the cost differences of same-sex couples in terms of federal

benefits and taxes. Federal law does not recognize same-sex marriages or domestic partnerships, even if the state a couple resides in does recognize the relationship, and give the same-sex relationship legal status. Same-sex couples with with one spouse whose employer offers benefits for the other spouse are in terms of the federal tax law required to report the spouse's benefit as taxable income. This is not the case if the couple were heterosexual.