National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day is a holiday that is celebrated every year on October 11th to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual and the issues they face in modern society. While it is often viewed as a day on which the LGBT community can celebrate gay pride, many gay people often use it as the day on which they come out to their family and friends.

History

This holiday was created back in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in celebration of the second gay march held in Washington, D.C the previous year. On this first celebration of this holiday, eighteen states participated in it. This was picked up by the media and shown all over the world. Within the next two years, all 50 states in the U.S began celebrating it. Today, it is celebrated the world over.

Customs, Traditions And Celebrations

National Coming Out Day can be celebrated in a number of different ways. Members of the LGBT community can choose this day to come out to their parents, family or friends, or can use this day to celebrate gay pride. Straight friends and family can celebrate this day by allying with their gay friends or family members and help promote the causes of the LGBT community.

Where is National Coming Out Day celebrated?

There is no specific location where this holiday is celebrated.