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Uncategorised > National Coming Out Day Oct 11th

National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day is an annual LGBTQ+ awareness day observed on October 11, to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and more people to “come out of the closet”. First celebrated in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation spirit of the personal being political, and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly lesbian or gay person. The foundational belief is that homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and that once people know that they have loved ones who are lesbian or gay, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views.

The date of October 11 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Most people think they don’t know anyone gay or lesbian, and in fact, everybody does