National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day Quick Facts - US

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2024 DateOctober 11, 2024
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National Coming Out Day History

National Coming Out Day aims to promote awareness and support for the LGBTQ+ community as individuals publicly "come out" and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or other identities within the spectrum. This observance encourages individuals to be open and honest about their true identity, fostering a sense of acceptance and community. The importance of this day lies in the fight against discrimination and the support for LGBTQ+ rights through open conversations, education, and solidarity.

National Coming Out Day was first observed on October 11, 1988, to commemorate the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The observance was founded by gay rights activists, Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary, who believed that the more visible the LGBTQ+ community was in society, the more difficult it would be for others to ignore or discriminate against them. The event has since expanded beyond its American roots and is now celebrated in various countries around the world.

In the United States, National Coming Out Day is observed by individuals and organizations alike through a variety of events and activities. These may include workshops, rallies, and discussions focusing on topics related to coming out, identity, and LGBTQ+ rights. Sharing personal stories, offering support, and raising awareness through social media platforms are also common ways to promote the values of acceptance and understanding on this day. National Coming Out Day is consistently observed on October 11th each year.

National Coming Out Day facts

  • Some estimates suggest that approximately 8 percent of the world identifies as homosexual, bisexual, or pansexual.
  • Most people think they don’t know anyone gay or lesbian, and in fact everybody does. It is imperative that we come out and let people know who we are and disabuse them of their fears and stereotypes -Robert Eichberg

Top things to do in the US for National Coming Out Day

  • Sign up for an event or attend a march to show solidarity.
  • Watch The Celluloid Closet.
  • Various cities organize LGBTQ+ events, parades, or marches on National Coming Out Day. Attending these events can be a great way to show solidarity, meet like-minded people, and celebrate the community.
  • Many individuals and organizations use National Coming Out Day as an opportunity to provide resources, support, and services to LGBTQ+ individuals who might still be struggling with coming out. This can involve creating safe spaces, offering counseling, or sharing helpful information.

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