It is on October 11 that National Coming Out Day is celebrated, which exists to raise public awareness about LGBTQ +. On this day, activists do everything to make as many people as possible know about this holiday, because, as you know, homophobia thrives in silence. On October 11, LGBTQ+ representatives have every right to openly declare themselves, talk about their gender, self-identification and sexual preferences to family and friends.
The holiday appeared after a large-scale march in 1987, in which about 500 thousand gays and lesbians took part. In Washington, the march lasted 4 months, after which many people who identified themselves as LGBTQ+, even outside the state, decided to create a national day to celebrate the coming out.
National Coming Out Day was initiated by Rob Eichberg and Gene O’Leary. Eichberg was the organizer of a personality development seminar at the time, and O’Leary was the head of a gay rights organization. As Eichberg believed, the most powerful tool in the movement for equality of rights was the fact that people know and respect someone from the LGBTQ+ community. National Day promotes this recognition.
On the occasion of the holiday, it is important to remember the following facts:
- in 1924, the existence of the first gay rights organization, founded by Henry Gerber, is documented in Chicago;
- the riot against the police in Manhattan on June 28, 1969 was the impetus for the start of the LGBTQ + movement;
- On May 17, 2004, the first legal same-sex marriage was registered in Massachusetts;
- National Coming Out Day is also celebrated in Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
How to celebrate
It is best to celebrate this holiday with the active support of representatives of the LGBTQ+ community in social networks. You can also support the fight for equality by making a voluntary donation to the organization that sponsors National Coming Out Day. You should be prepared that someone close to you will want to come out, and you need to show maximum support to these brave people. If you are an LGBTQ+ person, this National Day is a time to decide to “throw off the mask” and be truly honest with the world and with yourself.
When is National Coming Out Day celebrated in 2022?
National Coming Out Day is observed on October 11 each year.