This year marks the 32nd anniversary of National Coming Out Day!
Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBTQ equality this National Coming Out Day (NCOD)!
Every year on this Day, the Human Rights Campaign celebrates revealing oneself as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ.) This year marks the 32nd anniversary of NCOD .
Thirty-two years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the Human Rights Campaign first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of the most basic tools is the power of disclosing. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10.
Speaking your truth — whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer — STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.
In honor of National Coming Out Day, HRC celebrates all who have come out as LGBTQ – that takes bravery, and we commend you. Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.
For more on NCOD, visit HRC’s Coming Out Center or check out the resources below.
Celebrities Come Out for Equality
Whether it’s coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, countless actors, athletes, musicians and YouTube sensations have helped advance the movement for equality. In honor of the Day, here are a few standout coming out moments in pop culture from the last year.
However you identify, the Human Rights Campaign says it HRC hopes these guides and resources help you meet the challenges and opportunities that living openly offers to each of us.
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