October 11th is National Coming Out Day! Celebrate the LGBTQ individuals in your life.
On this day in 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. NCOD was created the following year by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in celebration of the second gay march held in D.C. On the first celebration of this holiday, eighteen states participated, but once it was picked up by the media and shared with the world, all 50 states in the U.S. began celebrating it. Today, it is celebrated the world over.
NCDO can be celebrated in a many ways. Members of the LGBT community can choose this day to come out to their parents, family or friends, or can use this day to celebrate gay pride. Straight friends and family can celebrate this day by allying with their gay friends or family members and help promote the causes of the LGBT community.
Each year on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live truthfully and openly.