National Coming Out Day

James Pierson

October 11, 2018 all-day
National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on October 11 (and October 12 in some parts of the world).

Founded in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation spirit of a most basic form of activism, that being voluntary self-disclosure as a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation, and also transgender, genderqueer, or other non-mainstream gender identity, in other words, coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life openly.

Enculturated and normalized homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance. Therefore, once people become aware that they have loved ones who are LGBTQ, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive behaviors.