What is the meaning of National Coming Out Day?
National Coming Out Day was created in 1988 in recognition of the importance—both personal and political—of “coming out.”
The day champions the idea that homophobia thrives in silence, and that the act of making one’s sexual preference known makes it easier for others to do the same.
How to Observe National Coming Out Day
1. Read some history
NCOD is a great opportunity to read up on the Gay and Lesbian rights movement, particularly the 1987 March on Washington which it commemorates.
2. Contribute to the Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign sponsors NCOD, and the day provides an ideal reminder to contribute to their worthy cause!
3. Wear a pride symbol
The day is often celebrated by wearing a pride symbol, such as a pink triangle or rainbow flag.
Why National Coming Out Day is Important
A. It raises awareness
National Coming Out Day has seen a stream of public figures coming out about their sexuality over the years, paving the way for fans and admirers still in the closet.
B. It's world-wide
National Coming Out Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Switzerland—thereby united LGBTQ communities across the world.
C. Its definition continues to expand
Since its inception in the 80s, National Coming Out Day has come to include the voluntary self-disclosure of transgender and genderqueer identities.