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LGBT National Coming Out Day

By Charlotte Robinson, October 11, 2016
Since 1988 National Coming Out Day is acknowledged on October 11th which is the day that if you haven’t come out yet about your LGBT 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.” Jason Collins stated, "Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start." Director Peter Darney concluded, “I would like to people able to come out at a very early age. I would like to see people not have to go through school denying their sexuality. I would like there to be open dialogue & education within our school system & our community group so that young people do not have to grow up holding a secret that makes them feel bad & guilty & ashamed & different & don’t have to form a lie behind every relationship that they have through this secret as they grow up because I think ultimately that is what we need in order to be able to achieve a better or happier level of intimacy as adults.” Also 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. We need everyone to take a stand against LGBTQ bullying & make sure you wear purple on Spirit Day Thursday October 20th.
For More Info: glaad.org
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1 comment:

Rea Carey said...

Coming out, being you proudly and openly, is perhaps still the most significant action we can take as LGBTQ people and as an LGBTQ movement. Coming out has changed millions of hearts and minds — and has transformed labels, and letters, into real people — a son, a niece, a mom, a grandpa. In fact, it has made who we are — and the advancement of our freedom, justice and equality — personal for families across the nation. Today, we encourage everyone who has not yet come out, to come out if it is safe to do so. Your extended family is waiting to give you a huge hug.

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