Disclosing my sexual identity on my AMCAS personal statement felt like a big risk even though my mentors assured me that it would pay off in the end….
In the end, the negative consequences of concealing my sexuality and work with various LGBT communities greatly outweighed the potential positives. Closeting myself to protect my privacy would compromise my partner’s agency by making her existence invisible in my public life as a future physician. Asking her to swallow that bitter pill was unfair, which I knew before she even responded. I saw the beginnings of hurt and budding resentment flash across my partner’s face as she said to me, “Whatever you think is best … ,” which made it clear that I could not deny my sexuality, my partner, and future family without harming their well-being, and ultimately, my own.
Making the Decision to Be Out on a Medical School Application | Michelle Shahrzad Davis for KevinMD.com (via gaywrites)
I did this too! Except everyone told me it was a bad idea. But my personal statement just wouldn’t come together until I decided not to keep anything hidden. (Except my depression, which would definitely kill my chances. Let’s get around to changing that, world.)