National Coming Out Day is an annual event celebrated on October 11th to raise awareness and visibility of the LGBTQ+ community and to promote self-acceptance and support for those who have come out or who are considering coming out.
The first National Coming Out Day was held on October 11th, 1988, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights that happened a year earlier. This day is observed in many countries around the world, although the date may vary in some places.
The purpose of this day is to encourage LGBTQ+ individuals to share their personal stories of coming out and to promote a more accepting and inclusive society. It is also a time to honour those who have come out and faced discrimination, bullying, or rejection from their families, friends, or community.
Many organizations and communities hold events such as parades, rallies, workshops, and film screenings to celebrate National Coming Out Day. The Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBTQ+ advocacy group, provides resources and support to individuals and organizations to help make the day a success.
National Coming Out Day is an opportunity to celebrate diversity and promote acceptance and equality for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.