Gov. Terry McAuliffe is following up on a number of campaign promises when it comes to Virginia’s LGBTQ community, and now we can add ‘recognizing National Coming Out Day’ to the list.
Started 26 years ago, National Coming Out day celebrates the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Coming out is our most basic tool to help inform the folks around us that we exist and that we matter, says the Human Rights Campaign.
Coming out 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.
WHEREAS, Virginia is committed to being inclusive — priding itself as diverse, accepting, and supportive of all individuals, families, and communities; and
WHEREAS, Virginia enjoys the rewards of diversity, both in the vibrancy of its communities, and the strength of its economy; and
WHEREAS, on October 6, 2014, Virginia became one of 30 states in the United States to legally recognize same-sex marriages helping to extend equality; and
WHEREAS, equality for all men and women regardless of their race, color, creed or sexual orientation is intrinsic to the values that make us Virginians, and now it is officially inscribed in our laws as well; and
WHEREAS, National Coming Out Day honors the invaluable contributions of LGBT individuals and those involved in the October 11, 1987, March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights which helped establish lesbian and gay rights as a fundamental issue of civil rights; and
WHEREAS, National Coming Out Day promotes a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly; and
WHEREAS, National Coming Out Day is a reminder that public celebration of LGBT identity is encouraged and that the underlying universal ideals of honesty, acceptance, tolerance, and commitment to equality must be shared by all individuals; and
WHEREAS, Virginia joins the Nation in celebrating the 26th Annual National Coming Out Day;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 11, 2014, as NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.