Twenty-eight years ago, today, members of the LGBTQ community and their allies led the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights and the nation observed its first National Coming Out Day. Each year on October 11th we continue to celebrate coming out!
While this is a day that continues to be celebrated, it is also an opportunity for the world to understand that while visibility of the LGBTQ community is important, it is also still dangerous. In 27 US states you can be fired for identifying as gay, and 32 for being Trans. Violence in the Trans community is at all-time high. We have won marriage equality, but as a nation we have much work to do.
Coming out must be a personal choice – an individual is the only one who can make this choice for themselves. And so today for those who are able to use their voice – we celebrate you. For those who are allies we challenge you to use your voices to support those who can, and for those who cannot, and come out as an Ally. #ShareTheWeight