Have you heard the news? According to an Oct. 9, 2013, article published by Policy Mic, a special day of the year is coming up and people around the world are ready to celebrate! Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day (NCOD).
This annual international human rights awareness "holiday" not only celebrates those who have publicly disclosed being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), but also promotes the need for a safe environment for those who choose to come out and live openly.
On Oct. 11, 1987, an estimated 500,000 people took part in the historic March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Psychologist Rob Eichberg and activist Jean O'Leary created the annual event which is observed on the anniversary of the march.
Each year, people, communities and college campuses take part in NCOD and today, it is observed in many countries around the world. With a different theme every year, the theme for 2013 is "Coming Out Still Matters." Previous themes included "Talk About It," "It's a Family Affair" and "Being Out Rocks!" 2013 marks the 25th anniversary National Coming Out Day.
While there has been much progress and support for the LGBT community over the years, ridicule, discrimination and hatred against the gay community still occur. National Coming Out Day serves as an important reminder that everyone in our nation should be afforded the same rights and liberties regardless of one's skin color, economic status, religious belief or whom we love.