While for many LGBTQ Americans, Coming Out Day feels more like every day, the holiday is a pretty good start.
Ash Griffith | October 11, 2018
October 11th is not only the official Coming Out Day in the United States, but as of this year it also marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most important holidays for the LGBTQ community. National Coming Out Day (NCOD) promotes a day where LGBTQ folks can feel safe being honest about their true selves to the world and being open.
The idea originated from Rob Eichberg, founder of The Experience, and Jean O’Leary, head of National Gay Rights Advocates to create a safer world for the community. According to the Human Rights Campaign, over a half-million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which was the second demonstration on Washington DC. This resulted in the founding of many LGBTQ organizations, such as the National Latino/a Gay & Lesbian Organization (LLEGO) and even AT&T’s LGBTQ group, LEAGUE for their employees.
Every year, many celebrities use their public platform to encourage this safe space by coming out themselves. This year has led to such public figures as Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie coming out as pansexual, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson came out as bisexual, and singer Janelle Monae coming out as pansexual among many others.
Especially given the current climate, where our community is still outwardly discriminated against, on both the state and national levels. LGBTQ Americans are denied housing, jobs, and basic benefits just because we have the audacity to continue to exist. While one day a year is not going to solve all of our problems, just knowing that we have one day out of the year that we are free to be open and honest and proud of who we are despite daily adversary?
That’s a pretty damn good start.