Today, October 11, 2013 is National Coming Out Day. A day where gay people celebrate the brave day they first told someone who they really are.
Andrea Lopez, CEO of the Global Conservation Group released a statement today saying "October 11 is National Coming Out Day. We here at the Global Conservation Group support the rights of human and non-human animals and will be celebrating this day. As a straight, married female I obviously don’t have the same experience with National Coming Out Day as those who are gay, but I do have some gay friends that have come out to me in the past. I remember saying to myself, “I’m so glad that they value my friendship enough to tell me something so important to them.” Others may not have had such positive experiences with coming out and we are working to change this. Homophobia has no place in society, as sexuality is determined by genetics, not the choice of a person. If you have someone value you enough to come out to you this National Coming Day, please treat them with respect and understanding, as they obviously consider you to be someone important in their life. If you need help determining what to say to them or want to know how you can help those who are still uncomfortable coming out, check out hrc.org. They have a great guide on how to be a Straight Ally and can help you understand how to be openly accepting of gays."
Two Global Conservation Group staffers made a video telling their personal stories. You can view it on YouTube by Clicking Here.