National Coming Out Day

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2024 DateOctober 11, 2024
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National Coming Out Day History

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) celebrates and raises awareness about the LGBTQ+ community’s decision to come out about their sexual orientation or gender identity. This observance aims to foster a supportive and inclusive environment for the LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies. It encourages open conversations about the diverse experiences of coming out, addressing the challenges faced by the community, and promoting understanding and acceptance.

The observance of National Coming Out Day has its origins in the United States, initiated on October 11, 1988 to mark the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. In Canada, the day is observed in support of the nation's LGBTQ+ community, as the country has long been a frontrunner on LGBTQ+ rights. Canada was the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2005 and has enacted numerous policies to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination, such as the inclusion of gender identity and expression in the Canadian Human Rights Act.

On National Coming Out Day, Canadians participate in various events and activities that promote open dialogue and create safe spaces for individuals to share their stories and experiences. These events may include panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, and social gatherings that engage people in conversations about the challenges and triumphs of coming out. National Coming Out Day seeks to reaffirm the significance and impact of visibility in driving equality for the LGBTQ+ community in Canada, in line with the global observance on October 11th.

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
  • A recent Canadian study found out that LGBTQ+ people are coming out at younger ages than in previous decades. The average age has dropped significantly, from 25 years old in the 1970s to under 16 years old today.
  • Coming out can provide a significant relief for LGBTQ+ individuals as it allows them to live openly and authentically. Still, it can also be associated with various psychological stresses.

Top things to do in Canada for National Coming Out Day

  • Sign up for an event or attend a march to show solidarity.
  • Show your solidarity by wearing or displaying the pride flag or rainbow colors. This can be done by wearing a rainbow-themed outfit, displaying a rainbow flag at home or your workplace, or using rainbow filters on your social media profiles.
  • Make a donation or volunteer your time to local LGBTQ+ organizations or charities. This helps them continue their important work of providing support, resources, and advocacy for the community.

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