Diane Lantz – Coming Out

“It freed me, it freed them.”

The more out we are, the more mainstream we will become. The more out we are, the less shocking it will be to non-gay people.

I work at the Spokesman Review. I am a supervisor for their shipping/receiving department. Even though I’d been there 26 years, people assumed [that I am a lesbian]. People ask other people, “Is she a lesbian?” I think once [the story of our lawsuit] hit the papers, it was a relief to these people. They thought, “Now I know for sure.” And “Diane is just Diane. She doesn’t change.” I had people come up to me and make comments that I least expected. You know, “Good for you. It takes a lot of guts to do what you’re doing.” It was just unbelievable. People that I thought would come running up to me didn’t. It’s been very interesting. I think as much as it freed me, it freed them, because there are not secrets now. It’s been a very positive experience for me. I’m very happy I did it. I would recommend it. [Laughs.]

Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson in December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum for Arts and Culture.