National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on October 11 and October 12 in some parts of the world. It was founded in the United States in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary. The date of October 11 was chosen because it’s the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Earlier on in our Homorazzi experience, many of us took the time to share our “coming out” story with you, giving you a little bit of insight as to our own backgrounds and experiences. If you’re curious to read some of our respective coming out stories, we’ve compiled them here for you. Simply click on the author’s name to learn more about each Homorazzi.com writer.
Decades after the holiday was established, coming out still matters. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. In honor of National Coming Out Day, HRC honors those who have come out as LGBTQ or as a straight ally for equality. Check out their 2017 recap clip below.