October 11, 2019 marks the 31st National Coming Out Day, guys. Are you out to your family, friends, and colleagues? If you are, how did they take it? What is your coming out story?
For Adam4Adam users who already did their coming out and had lost their family members and friends in the process, always remember that we are here for you, you’ll never be alone. The entire A4A community is behind you and with our 11M users you can find friends on here pretty easily. You are only one click away; all you need to do is download our app here.
As for the other Adam4Adam members who are thinking of coming out, you may want to read first the resource guides that the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has put together here.
Today is #NationalComingOutDay and we shall be posting a few messages from our committee members. Here’s Sen’s story:— Amnesty UK Rainbow Network (@AmnestyUK_LGBTI) October 11, 2019
“I ‘come out’ constantly — to family, friends, colleagues, and strangers. I now just flaunt the word ‘gay’ on my social media profiles and prance around with … pic.twitter.com/mTIq9DI7vy
Happy #NationalComingOutDay — a day to celebrate who we are but also to remember those who can’t come out because it’ll mean ridicule, danger or worse and to remind ourselves and each other to keep working however we can to liberate all of our familyhttps://t.co/nDHGsGdxEc— noah michelson (@noahmichelson) October 11, 2019
This is the original poster #KeithHaring designed for the first annual #NationalComingOutDay, which took place #onthisday in 1988.— Tate (@Tate) October 11, 2019
On display @tateliverpool.
Have a happy day ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜https://t.co/H6FvqWIxx7
© Keith Haring Foundation/Collection Noirmontartproduction, Paris. pic.twitter.com/T7qQ2kM7oV
Anyway, why do we observe NCOD every year? It’s to “celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and civil rights movement” of course. It’s sad to say however, that there are still many countries in the world that continue to criminalize LGBT people making it impossible for them to come out. To be precise, there are 72 countries all in all, check this to view the map. But also, there are countries like Canada that provide protection and help to resettle vulnerable groups like the LGBT community and if you live in one of these 72 countries and are interested with the process, click here to learn more on how to move to Canada.
Lastly, if you are looking for ways to celebrate National Coming Out Day, you can support Rainbow Railroad‘s campaign called “Help Each Other Out.” Rainbow Railroad is a Toronto-based charitable organization that helps LGBT people escape violence and persecution in their home countries. We donated to them before and we sponsored a gay refugee from Chechnya.
Or you can opt to pledge your support for Aimee Stephens who was fired at her job when she came out as a transgender woman to her employer. We wrote about her story here and you may pledge your support on ACLU as they take on the appeal of her case at the Supreme Court.
Happy National Coming Out Day, guys!