First of all let me say, “Happy National Coming Out Day!” National Coming Out Day is observed annually on October 11th. In the U.S. this day of observance has a 32 year history. Over the last 20 years NCOD has been spearheaded by the Human Rights Campaign based in Washington, DC.
We all deserve the right to live our lives genuinely, completely and honestly. Race, ethnicity, language, religion, culture, gender expression, sexual orientation and gender identity should never be barriers to us living our full lives. For LGBTQ people, coming out is often a significant part of reclaiming this right and living in our identity publicly.
While some people are attracted only to people of the gender different from them (commonly known as being straight), others may be attracted to people of genders that are similar to theirs, or to more than one gender. We use many words to describe non-straight attraction — lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer and fluid are all commonly used labels.HRC blog post on 10-11-20
To honor and mark National Coming Out Day, HRC has authored and made available to anyone with an internet connection, a special online publication. It is entitled, “Coming Out: Living Authentically as Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual+” and can be downloaded free of charge. Click the button below to make the jump to this great free resource.