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The Importance of Coming Out Stories

National Coming Out Day was inspired by a single march. 500,000 people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on October 11, 1987.

  • Focus on why we recognize this day and how to best support those in our lives, in and out of the workplace, who come out.

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National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual celebration to shine a light on individuals within the LGBTQ+ community and their decisions to share their gender identities and sexual orientation with the public.

Additionally, the purpose of National Coming Out Day, which takes place on Oct. 11, is not only to celebrate those who’ve already come out but to support those who choose to keep their identity a secret or perhaps encourage someone to come out who’s been thinking about it.

The day’s title, “coming out,” doesn’t just signify a single event. The term stems from the longer phrase “coming out of the closet,” a metaphor for recognizing, accepting, and outwardly sharing one’s identity so that an LGBTQ+ person can live freely and openly as their true, authentic selves.

Oct. 1 marks the beginning of LGBTQ+ history month, and this year will be the 33rd anniversary of National Coming Out Day, inspired by a single march.

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