• Karen McPhail

National Coming Out Day, October 11th! Something to Celebrate!

National Coming Out Day in the United States is October 11th. This is celebrated each year on this day purposely to acknowledge the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights in 1987.

The LGBTQ+ community has seen generations of change and progress over the years.

LGBTQ+ history includes progressive milestones such as the Stonewall Uprising approximately 51 years ago and the US Supreme Court marriage equality decision of 2015.

Coming out is often more accepted than it used to be, but not for all individuals. And Although National Coming Out day is one day, coming out does not happen just once for individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, it is something that often resurfaces and needs to be done multiple times and on everyones individual terms and level. Many individuals do not have just one coming out story, but several marked by emotion of varying levels. No matter how one initially comes out in terms of their gender or sexuality, be it with friends, family, employers, or within their community, coming out is a process and another important milestone along this journey. Everyone deserve the right to live their life authentically, genuinely, fully, honestly, and completely. One's gender identity and expression, sexuality, race, and religion should never prevent individuals from reaching their life's potential or be a barrier to living life to the fullest.

So on today, 2020 National Coming Out day, celebrate your coming out stories to continue your journey or by beginning to reclaiming your rights and the ability to live authentically at all times! Embrace being a part of this diverse, rich, dynamic, and broad spectrum of individuals that make up YOUR community! Always each and everyday, celebrate YOU!

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