Today—October 11, 2022—is National Coming Out Day (NCoD), guys.
NCoD is an annual celebration that started on October 11, 1988, during the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. According to Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Coming Out Day was first observed “as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out.”
Moreover, the LGBT community celebrates NCoD to “be proud of who you are and your support for LGBTQ+ equality.”
One of its aims as well is to “support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people to ‘come out of the closet.’” In addition, Inclusive Employers explained: “One of the core beliefs of NCOD is that homophobia and shame thrive in silence, and ‘coming out’ as who you really are is an important act of self-recognition and activism.”
But does coming out as LGBTQ+ still matter?
According to HRC, yes, it does. They explained:
“Coming out as LGBTQ+ STILL MATTERS. Our stories can be powerful for each other. When people know someone who is LGBTQ+, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. We can change hearts and minds and create a lasting impact on our community.”
But what about you, guys? Do you think this observance remains relevant to this day? Why or why not?
For Adam4Adam members who experienced coming out before, how was it for you? How did your parents, friends, colleagues, or schoolmates receive your disclosure? Did it do more harm than good? Does coming out still matter?
Share with us your thoughts and stories in the comments section below.
Happy National Coming Out Day!