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From 1997... The cry for Unity has been building strongly over the past 13 months in the Witch/Pagan community. This section celebrates our efforts and dreams in this area. Is it possible? Will it be difficult? Do we have some common ground? There is lots of hard work ahead and the Witches' Voice will do its part to both support and evolve this issue. United we stand - So Mote it Be!

Survey Results: Witch, Wiccan or Pagan? ... How Good is YOUR Teacher ... Working with Groups ... A Religion or a Personal Belief ... Out of the Broom Closet ... Witchcraft in the Public Eye

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Survey Results: Are YOU out of the Broom Closet?
Oh - The Broom Closet! A term which has been coined by the Pagan community to describe a state of "not being public" about one's choice of religious beliefs. Is it just a stance we may choose to take with the general public-or are some Pagans still reluctant to tell even their closest friends and relatives? What factors make up the choice to be either "in" or 'out"?

Many Pagans ARE open about their beliefs. Can what they may have learned from the experience help others to also take that step? Or are there situations that still exist in this country, founded on the premise of religious freedom for all, that makes being openly Pagan a very daunting- and perhaps dangerous- challenge?

822 Witches, Wiccans or Pagans responded to the questions related to "Are YOU out of the Broom Closet"?

1. Are You:

    Out to some and not others?49%406
    Completely Out?23%187
    Depends on the situation?19%155
    Out in private, but not in public?4%36
    Completely In?4%30

2. Are you out of the Broom Closet to your Friends?


3. Are you out of the Broom Closet to your Immediate family?


4. Are you out of the Broom Closet to your Extended family?


5. Are you out of the Broom Closet to your Neighbors?


6. Are you out of the Broom Closet to your Co-workers?


7. Are you out of the Broom Closet to your Employer/School?


8. Are you out of the Broom Closet to your Landlord?


9. Are you out of the Broom Closet to your City/Town officials?


10. Are you out of the Broom Closet to your Child Welfare services?


11. I am out of the Broom Closet to Just about everyone?


12. I am out of the Broom Closet to No one?


13. Before you "came out" (or if you are still "in"), what concerned you MOST? Fear of:

    Loss of family support?25%206
    Was not concerned21%171
    Physical harassment or threats?16%132
    Loss of job or discrimination on the job?13%103
    Child custody issues?7%55
    Loss of friendships?6%51
    Word 'getting around"?5%44
    Discrimination from neighbors?3%26
    Harassment from city/town officials?2%17
    Loss of residence?1%11

14. If you are 'out", how long has it been since that "first time"?

    Not yet out23%193
    Three to Five years?16%130
    Over five years?14%118
    One to two years?14%112
    Six months to one year?11%90
    Always been out?11%90
    Under six months?1%83

15. If you are "in", how long do you think it will be before you will be comfortable with 'coming out"?

    I AM out!59%483
    May never come out to everyone?18%145
    Just not sure.12%98
    Maybe this year?5%37
    Planning to do so in the next six months?3%21
    Longer than one year?02%19
    May never come out1%11

16. Did you come out:

    By your own declaration?56%463
    Not out19%159
    Always been out.13%108
    Some other way?5%39
    Someone found out and 'spread the word"?2%20
    By accident?2%18
    News media?1%8

17. Which of the following best describes where you live?

    The "Bible belt"22%184
    Large City18%152
    Small City15%123
    Close minded9%76
    Open to all faiths7%59
    Open minded6%53
    Predominantly one faith6%51
    Out in "the sticks"4%35

18. Your area has:

    It's not a "community", but there are other Pagans36%296
    No other Pagans that I know of.18%148
    A large Public Pagan community.13%109
    A small Public Pagan community.13%104
    A small Private Pagan community.10%84
    A large Private Pagan community.9%73

19. Whether you are out or in, are you happy with your current situation?

    Most of the time.26%210
    I want to come out, but am still afraid to do so13%105
    I regret coming out.<1%5
    I regret not coming out.<1%3

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