This article was published on October 7th, 2021
National Coming Out Day celebrates the gay community and is traditionally a day in which many come out to friends and family. The LGBTQ+ community first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out and is a cultural rite of passage for LGBTQ+ people.
One out of every two Americans has someone close to them that is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10. The mission is to provide education and support, share stories, and raise awareness of civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community with the hopes that they can live openly and safely.
The Impact of Coming Out
Coming out of the closet is a metaphor for LGBT people’s self-disclosure of their sexual orientation or of their gender identity. After the Stonewall Riots, the term took on more importance within the community and was used as a metaphor for exiting oppression. The term combines the phrases ‘coming out’ and ‘skeleton in the closet’, aka living a life of secrecy or denial. As more people come out and are acknowledged, those who know them are more inclined to become educated and become more supportive and understanding as a result.
How Members of the Community and Allies Can Celebrate #NationalComingOutDay
One of the most popular ways is to attend a rally in your neighborhood. You can also support people you know to come out to that you can trust to be supportive of your journey. Sharing your personal stories of coming out can be a powerful message to send to others living under the umbrella. There are also numerous sources online to get information, including the Human Rights Campaign at hrc.org. Through social media hashtags, it is possible to stay up to date on the latest National Coming Out Day news.
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