National Coming Out Day ( NCOD ) is an annual LGBTQ+ awareness day observed on October 11th. Founded in the United States in 1988 by Robert Eichsberg and Jean O’Leary marking the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Coming out is one of the most courageous acts anyone in the LGBTQ+ family can make. Today is the 29th annual celebration of coming out and we are one step to closer to equality! National coming out day promotes a safe world in which LGBTQ+ people can live truthfully and open.
No matter how easy or hard it may seem everyone is afraid to come out to someone, with myself it so happened to be my aunt and a few of my friends. Later on, I had to realize if people loved me for me they would accept me for who I am. If you’re afraid to come out you’re not alone and always remember you’re loved. It may take time for people to accept you for who you are, but as long as you accept you for who you are then everything else will fall in place REMEMBER THAT!
Sharing our stories is a key way each of us can fight back against attempts to turn back the clock on LGBTQ equality.
We have to stand together as one! Together we stand divided we fall. With the world already against us, we must stand together and help one another as we are all fighting the same battle.
For more information and resources on NCOD, visit HRC’s Coming Out Center and follow the hashtag #NationalComingOutDay.