National Coming Out Day
by Gayborhood on 10/12/2011 - 02:46 pm
A moment in LGBT history...
Yesterday, October 11th, was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It also marks National Coming Out Day which has been celebrated since 1988, one year after the National March. (photo courtesy of Washington Post)
Coming Out Day, Straighties, is the day that the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, transgender) community encourages and supports those who have decided to “come out” and tell others that they are gay. Coming out is a time of liberation, sometimes faced with serious emotions and mixed feedback from loved ones. The gay community recognizes that it is helpful to have a support group who understands the challenges, and process, of coming out. It is also a time to celebrate the people who have come out in the past.
Celebrities who made a to-do of the affair were Ke$ha with her National Coming Out Day t-shirts, Ellen and Portia who were honored on this day, and Elton John who was quoted as saying “The worst thing to be afraid of who you are - it’s horrible.”
The Human Rights Campaign and their Coming Out for Equality Facebook app make it easy to show support and spread the message of equality. The app is equipped with actions to take, an equality badge, and ways to encourage others. http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/national-coming-out-day
Blogger Jordan Roth describes the need for this day of acceptance in his article titled “Coming Out Day: Who’s In” Here he describes how he initially disapproved of the observance, stating that people “shouldn’t need a bullhorn to tell their story”. Only after seeing an old friend, listening to his coming out story, and feeling the joy of his honesty does Jordan remember how important the process is, “It isn’t all about the people yet to come out.” This day is also for the people who are already out, such as Jordan. He felt a renewed appreciation for providing positive feedback to others who are ready to start their journey. Read the whole story at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jordan-roth/national-coming-out-day-2011_b_1003951.html
Across the board, this is a time for celebration for the gay community. With the recent repeal of DADT, the legalization of same-sex marriage in NY and the widespread “It Gets Better” campaign, we see more and more opportunities for open expression. May we all share in the occasion to support the ones who need us most!
This is Straighty Says and I’ll shoot it to you straight!