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Happy National Coming Out Day!

Molly Fischer – October 9, 2018

Guys, gals, and non-binary pals… National Coming Out Day is this week!

National Coming Out Day is on October 11. It is a holiday that celebrates people coming out as a both member and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Why is this holiday important?

On National Coming Out Day, closeted members of the LGBTQ+ community have the opportunity to express their identities to one or more people they know. This holiday recognizes the difficult of coming out, and that each coming out experience is deeply personal. Next, it provides visibility for allies of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as supports and acknowledges the existence of LGBTQ+ people. Finally, National Coming Out Day recognizes the history of the LGBTQ+ community, from the Stonewall riots to Harvey Milk to the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay rights. The LGBTQ+ community has a short but meaningful history, and we continue to make progress with each person that has the courage to come out of the closet.

*Note: Just because this Thursday is National Coming Out Day, no one should feel obligated or forced to come out of the closet. Everyone has the right to come out of the closet when they personally feel they are ready, and not because other people tell them to.

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