Coming Out Day
Day of Awareness: Coming Out Day
Every October 11 on Coming Out Day, people around the nation step forward in support of LGBTQ+ civil rights. Whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, self-identify in other ways, or come out as a straight ally, raise your voice and your pride October 11.
The Human Rights Campaign provides a brief history of Coming Out Day:
In the Beginning, There Was a March
On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was the second such demonstration in our nation’s capital and resulted in the founding of a number of LGBTQ organizations, including the National Latino/a Gay & Lesbian Organization (LLEGÓ) and AT&T’s LGBTQ employee group, LEAGUE. The momentum continued four months after this extraordinary march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer activists from around the country gathered in Manassas, Va., about 25 miles outside Washington, D.C. Recognizing that the LGBTQ community often reacted defensively to anti-LGBTQ actions, they came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it. The originators of the idea were Rob Eichberg, a founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O’Leary, then head of National Gay Rights Advocates. From this idea the National Coming Out Day was born.
Each year on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live truthfully and openly.
For more information,
- Visit the Human Rights Campaign’s Coming Out Center which offers resources and guides about coming out and living your life openly.
- Subscribe to the quarterly email UPLIFT, the newsletter from the UUA’s LGBTQ Ministries.
- Contact the UUFRC office for more local LGBTQ+ services and programs in San Mateo county.