Today is the 29th annual National Coming Out Day. The Human Rights Campaign notes that a march on Washington in 1987 provided the spark for a group of activists to connect and brainstorm a way to pro-actively counter anti-LGBTQ actions.
Twenty-nine years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. 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.We are fortunate to have a great community resource in The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection which has provided programming, training, celebrating, support, activism, and strength for many years. If you don't already have plans for this year's National Coming Out Day, consider helping to support The Center's good work into the future.
Coming out - whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied - STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.