10th Annual “National Coming Out Day” Celebrated October 11th

October 11th has been designated “National Coming Out Day” since its origination in 1988 by Jean O’Leary  and Dr. Rob Eichberg in celebration of the Second National March on Washington, D.C. for Lesbian and Gay Rights held one year earlier. On that day 500,000 people marched on the Capitol of the United States on behalf of Equal Rights  for Gays and Lesbians.

(SEE: NY TImes/AP article about Jean O’Leary)

Today HRC (Human Rights Campaign) manages the event in the U.S., but the October 11th date is also observed in a number of other countries around the globe, including Canada, Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands. The United Kingdom marked “National Coming Out Day” on October 12th

The Trevor Project, the nation’s only 24-7 Helpline for LGBT and Questioning Youth, published a “Should I Come Out? Quick Tips for Young People”

SEE: Should I Come Out?

Additional resources include: 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Glossary of Terms, published by GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)  

http://www.glaad.org/media/guide/glossary.php

Coming Out: A Guide for Youth and Their Allies, published by GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network)

http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/library/record/1290.html 

HRC Resource Guide to Coming Out, published by Human Rights Campaign

http://www.hrc.org/documents/resourceguide_co.pdf

HRC Coming Out as Transgender Guide, published by Human Rights Campaign

http://www.hrc.org/documents/2071_HRC_Coming_Out.pdf

Transgender Glossary of Terms, published by GLAAD

http://www.glaad.org/media/guide/transfocus.php

There are, of course, many more resources online and in your communities. You will find them when you search online for “National Coming Out Day.” 

It is pure joy for me to see these kinds of organized activities publicly supported by national and international humanitarian groups, reported by national news sources, and recognized by Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered Persons and Allies. We have come a long way from the time of my youth, the 1950’s. I celebrate our progress, and look forward to the day when we won’t need a proclamation of a “Coming Out Day” because to do so will be so mundane as to be almost inconsequential. I look forward to the day when we truly celebrate the diversity that exists within each of us an individuals, as community, and as the global community of Humankind.

-MsQueer

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One Response

  1. some great links there – thanks! i’d love it if you did the coming out interview on my blog …

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