One Equal World

Any Day Can Be “Coming Out Day”

Posted on: October 15, 2013

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Any day can be “coming out day,” as long as you’re ready.
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Friday, October 11th was National Coming Out Day.  Hopefully, having a certain day of the year dedicated to admitting who you really are was helpful to many struggling with whether or not to share this private matter with others.  However, this is not to say that you shouldn’t come out on any other day of the year.  Any day is a good day when you are ready.

The Human Rights Campaign put together a short video clip looking back on many celebrities who came out over the past years.  Among those who speak on the video are Ellen, Lance Bass, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin, Lana Wachowski, Jason Collins, Wanda Sykes and many others.

The theme for this year was “coming out still matters.”  While there is much more widespread acceptance of gays, lesbians and transgender people, it can still be scary to come out.  You can’t always predict how everyone will react.  If even one person reacts negatively, it can be crushing.  Yet, it still matters, and it’s still worth it.

The first National Coming Out Day was 25 years ago and coincided with the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Today it is just as important to fight for equal rights as it was then.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, “One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10.”  That’s why it’s important to change those demographics.

Yes, coming out still does matter.  It matters for those who are LGB or T and for those who are straight.  When straight people know somebody who is gay or lesbian, they are much more likely to support marriage equality.  It’s important to speak up, change minds and create new advocates.

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