Friday marks the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day!
The Human Rights Campaign is celebrating those coming out or who have come out in the LGBTQ community.
October 11 marks the anniversary of the day in 1987 when half a million people held the March of Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
"The momentum continued four months after this extraordinary march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer activists from around the country gathered in Warrenton, Va., about 25 miles outside Washington, D.C. Recognizing that the LGBTQ community often reacted defensively to anti-LGBTQ actions, they came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it." - Human Rights Campaign.
For the LGBTQ community and straight allies, the day honors the courage of facing the potential backlash and discrimination being gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual or queer might draw.
According to the HRC, one out of two Americans has a gay or lesbian friend or family member. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10.
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