Monday, October 4, 2010

October 11 is National Coming Out Day

Next Monday marks the 22nd anniversary of National Coming Out Day. This annual event is celebrated around the world as a means of encouraging LGBT people to live openly and proudly.

You may have come out years ago, but there are still people you encounter every day who may not know that you play for the other team, that you're a switch hitter or whatever other tired sports metaphor you want to use.

On Monday October 11, queers worldwide are being asked to come out to at least one new person or to wear just one piece of Pridewear, like a pink triangle, rainbow button or a festive lapel pin, just to let the world know we are here, we are queer and we are fabulous.

This year's event is even  more important in the wake of a rash of suicides by queer youth due to bullying and harassment at the hands of intolerant assholes with issues. This year, come out to someone new. Do it for those who are afraid to. Do it for those we've lost to homophobia.
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