Today—October 11, 2021—is National Coming Out Day (NCoD), guys.
Each year on this day, the LGBT community celebrates NCoD to “be proud of who you are and your support for LGBTQ+ equality.” It’s as its name implies: we, whoever we are, whether we are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, we celebrate coming out as LGBTQ+ today.
Thirty-three years ago, during the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, National Coming Out Day was first observed “as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out,” says Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
As aforementioned, this year marks the 33rd anniversary of the National Coming Out Day in the United States and this year’s theme is Born to Shine! For more information on the celebration, please check our previous post here.
Does coming out as LGBTQ+ still matters?
According to HRC, it does. They explained:
<blockquote>Coming out as LGBTQ+ STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ+, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.</blockquote>
Do you agree, guys? Does it still matter, coming out, I mean? Also, what is your coming out story? How did that go for you? How did you come out and to whom? How did they react?
Share with us your thoughts and stories in the comments section below.
Happy National Coming Out Day!
Every day is #ComingOutDay— Damian Barr (@Damian_Barr) October 11, 2021
I’m lucky to live in a country where coming out is legal, if not always safe. In 69 countries it remains illegal to be #lgbtq & many are former British colonies – Empire is not over.
Everyone should have the right to live and love openly and safely. pic.twitter.com/pbPnvaRRUR
🗣️ “I’m proud to be an openly gay man in football.”— Jack Murley (@jack_murley) October 11, 2021
James Adcock has officiated everywhere from the amateur level to the Premier League.
Now the referee is opening up for the first time about his sexuality, and being gay in the sport.@BBCSport | @BBCMOTD | #ComingOutDay pic.twitter.com/BiTr4qbX9Q