Since 1988 National Coming Out Day is acknowledged on October 11th & is the LGBT day that if you haven’t come out yet about your sexual orientation to your family, friends & colleagues it’s time. As Harvey Milk said, “Burst down those closet doors once & for all, stand up & start to fight.” We’ve come a long way this year with marriage equality now the law of the land but we still have tons of work to do. National Coming Out Day is a chance for people everywhere to discuss civil rights & connect with peers inside & outside our communities. As Jason Collins stated, "Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start." We still need to pass comprehensive non-discrimination LGBT protections that will bring our laws into the 21st century. According to the Center for American Progress 1 in 10 LGBT workers report being fired because of their sexual orientation while 1 in 4 transgender workers reported being fired because of their gender identity. Nearly 1 in 3 transgender Americans reported being denied equal treatment in a retail store & 1 in 4 same gender couples experienced discrimination when trying to buy a home according to one study. Then of course we’re dealing with more than half of LGBT K-12 students reported feeling unsafe at school as a result of their sexual orientation & more than one-third reported feeling unsafe because of how they express their gender. Next we need everyone to take a stand against LGBTQ bullying & wear purple on Spirit Day this Thursday October 15th. Sign the Spirit Day pledge & you could even win tickets to meet Britney Spears in Las Vegas!
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