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My Experience Out Of The Broom Closet

Author: Aradia Lilith Ebony-Willow
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I came out of the broom closet to everyone at the same time, really. One morning, in form, I told two of my closets friends that I'm now Wiccan, and explained that it's an earth-based religion. I told them that some Witches are Wiccan, but did not tell them that I myself am a Witch. They took it well as I knew they would, as they are very open-minded, and if they crack a joke once in a while about my beliefs, I know they don't mean it and I take that well.

The thing is, later that day, in 5th period Art, I got into a little argument with a certain girl- who happens to be the class gossip- about whether or not Witches exist. It goes without saying that I had been trying to explain to her that, in fact, Witches are real, just not the kind that you read about in little kid's stories. She didn't take it well, and while I was explaining to her that many Witches are Pagan, as I am (however I didn't say just then that I am in fact a Witch) , she asked me the tiebreaker question: "How would you know? Are you a Witch?"

Now, I can sometimes be know for my hot temper, and by this point in our lovely little discussion I had been getting rather... exasperated. I had given up trying to reason with her. She’s one of the people who, when arguing with someone, has no actual argument, just says the same thing over and over and over again. So, after around twenty minutes, I was pretty bored of this argument and also rather annoyed. After the seventh time she asked me this question, I was ready to scream. So the next time she asked me, I just said "Yes!"… rather loudly, I must admit. This was the first time I had called myself a Witch out loud. It was one of the most Magickal moments of my life, finally declaring that- to myself as well as to everyone else.

By now, the majority of the school knows about my beliefs. Well, they think they know about my beliefs. They know that I'm a Witch, and then they think that I'm either insane, evil, or that I think that I'm something out of some Witchy-style movie or book- the usual stereotypes. Things are so bad at my school- with the teasing and racism- that I've seriously considered moving schools. I haven't, but only because I love the classes, the teachers are great, and my friends are so supportive.

Whenever I walk down the hall, kids seem to take great pleasure in yelling "Expelliarmus!" at me, or "Burn the Witch!" or "Freak!” Most of the time I take it on the chin. I don't mind it; the hardest part is knowing that they're saying this to insult me, or annoy me, or try to break me. Of course, I'm not exactly the best poster-girl for the Craft- considering how I can lose my temper at times, scream at them and generally make myself look bad- and now most of the school thinks all Witches are crazy freaks who all wear black and have an obsession with blood and Sweeney Todd- and everyone thinks I'm an evil, sadistic freak.

I'm not evil, and I'm not sadistic, but I won't deny the other one. I'm not exactly the most normal of teenagers- at least, at school. I'm thought of as the freak. (Just a little side note here: there is nothing wrong with wanting to live several hundred years ago!) I have had trouble from virtually everyone at school and with a few certain people. There is one particular girl…let's call her L. So, it's the very first day of the new timetable and I'm sitting in Maths. L walks in- I didn't even know her name at this point- and says, loud enough for the entire class to hear: "I'M not sitting next to a Witch!" as there was a spare seat next to me.

Now, I don't retaliate, and I have never done anything to anger her, yet she still deems it appropriate to taunt me for the following two weeks. She threw paper at me, sat in class throwing beads from her bracelets and hair clips at me, went out of her way to push me over- twice, kicks me, hits me in the face with a textbook, and generally makes herself a nuisance. Another boy in one of my old classes seemed to think it would be funny to ask me, "Were you trying to impersonate your broomstick?" when my hair is, well, slightly backcombed. Another boy asks me if I was disappointed when I didn't get into Hogwarts.

At first, I would argue back, but now I just pity their close-mindedness. It's their problem, not mine. I may have had a bad experience or two out of the broom closet, but I couldn't be in the broom closet. It's just who I am. I can't handle other people's questions and arguments, and what I believe would come out anyway. It's different for everyone. I'm just lucky that I have such good friends and family to help me through this.

My family took it well. They actually found it quite funny, as both my parents were Pagan themselves, for years before I was born and around the time of my birth. So even my grandparents and extended family took it well, as they all knew a little about Paganism and the Craft. I've met so many people since I started researching and I know that this path is right for me.

I'm happy out of the broom closet. I don't really care what other people think. The nicest thing about being out of the broom closet, apart from being able to be true to yourself in front of others, is that there are some other people out there who are in the broom closet and who wouldn't tell you that they're like-minded to you if they didn't know that you are like-minded to them. Really, what I'm trying to say is that it doesn't matter whether you're in the broom closet or out of it; it's just whatever works for you.




Copyright: Sweeney Todd: Stephen Sondeim
Harry Potter: J. K. Rowling




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