Today is the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day (NCOD). Every year on October 11, NCOD emphasizes the importance of coming out and creating a safe world in which LGBTQ people can live openly as their authentic selves. Locally, nationwide and on social media, LGBTQ persons can come out and support one another.
Today at 12:15 p.m., the ODU Safe Space committee is hosting a “Talk Back Wall” for students and others to share their coming out stories in ODU’s Webb Center starting at 12:15 p.m. Additionally, participants will be encouraged to send postcards to legislators encouraging support of LGBTQ rights and protections courtesy of Equality Virginia. Copies of SNAP!, OutWire757’s new youth and student publication will be available.
This year, the Human Rights Campaign launched a powerful digital campaign leading up to NCOD, highlighting inspirational stories of celebrities and influencers who have come out over the past year, including Janelle Monáe, Kehlani, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Brendon Urie, Alyson Stoner, and more.
“Coming out can be one of the most courageous acts an LGBTQ person makes, and that courage is inextricably tied to our continued progress toward full equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Visibility matters, and research shows that when people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support full equality under the law. Coming out and sharing our stories is essential to advancing LGBTQ equality and fighting back against attempts to turn back the clock on our progress.”
The HRC Foundation — the educational arm of HRC — has launched several resources available to encourage and support individuals in their coming out journey, including the organization’s latest guides, Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Latinx Americans and Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, and a 2018 Latinx LGBTQ Youth Report.
Facebook is also recognizing National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, with a new update to its “Major Life Event” product. Now, Facebook users can select “Came Out” and share their own story.