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National Coming Out Day 35th Year

By Charlotte Robinson, October 11, 2023

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 LGBTQ sexual orientation to your family, friends & colleagues it’s time to live as your authentic self & be counted. As Harvey Milk stated, “Burst down those closet doors once & for all, stand up & start to fight.” So here we are in 2023 still living in America without federal protection for our LGBTQ community as more states adopt "Don't Say LGBTQ" legislation. With over 600 anti-LGBTQ bills pending across the country & book bannings becoming a reality wouldn't it be refreshing for the next generation to be able to be themselves. Just think what it would be like to have an open the dialogue within our school systems & our community so that young people could grow up without this stigma. We also need workplace national protections so that we can’t be fired because of who we love. Congress needs to pass The Equality Act so our children can grow-up in a world where it’s safe to be themselves instead of dealing with the fact that more than half of LGBTQ 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. As we head into the 2024 election let's not allow the bullies to win & stand up & vote for candidates who support total equality. Also Spirit Day is next week on Thursday October 19th against LGBTQ bullying & so make sure you wear purple to show your support.

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