Happy National Coming Out Day aka NCOD! Today, October 11th, marks an annual LGBTQ awareness day. The day was first founded in the United States back in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary.
WHY? As a basic form of activism and to spread awareness.
"Most people think they don't know anyone gay or lesbian, and in fact everybody does. It is imperative that we come out and let people know who we are and disabuse them of their fears and stereotypes." – Robert Eichberg
Homophobia thrives in silence so let your pride flag fly but please, please always remember that there is never any pressure to come out to anyone, if you don't want to. Come out when the time is right for you, seek the support you need and be safe out there.
Other days to mark in gay agendas:
- Ally Week
- Day of Silence
- International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
- LGBT History Month
- National Equality March
- Transgender Day of Remembrance
- World AIDS Day
- Harvey Milk Day
If you're comfortable with it, share your coming out stories with us in the comments below.