On Monday 11th October 2021, National Coming Out Day will be celebrated nationwide. The day will allow more awareness to be raised for individuals within the LGBTQ+ community and advocate the fact that homophobia has no place in society. On this day, many people who identify as LGBTQ+ will “come out” and discuss their sexuality with family and friends. This is a big moment for those individuals!
This day was founded in Washington DC, back in 1987. On the 11th October 1987, 500,000 people attended a march for lesbian and gay rights. Four months after the march, over a hundred individuals continued to gather in Washington DC to continue to raise awareness. It was decided that the 11th October would become a national day to celebrate individuals coming out.
This event is an important one, as it is a celebration of diversity nationwide. The Human Rights Council said “when people come together, we are all stronger. Hate and homophobia thrive in silence.”
The 11th of October highlights an important movement in history for the LGBQ+ community. A recent survey showed that 5% of Americans identify with the LGBTQ+ community, this is excluding all allies and supporters! The movement allows people to have a voice, freedom and choice for the life they choose to embark on. This day is one of the most important days in an individual’s life and is a huge step for the LGBTQ+ community around the world.
The Human Rights Campaign has created a comprehensive Resource Guide to Coming Out, which discusses the benefits of coming out, how the conversation may go and how everyone involved may feel. You can find the resource at the following link: https://www.hrc.org/resources/coming-out
Everyone at Fleetwood Town Community Trust is in full support of those who have the bravery to come out.