Time to give notice again, folks.
National Coming Out Day is Oct. 11. This is the 32nd recognition of the event, born out of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
Kicking open the closet door is the first step, notes the Human Rights Campaign.
“Coming out — whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer — STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other,” declared HRC.
The organization has a Coming Out Center with resources on their website.
Supportive resources and organizations haven’t always been there. When asked if he attended his high school prom at Miami’s Christopher Columbus High School as openly gay Richard Blanco said “no way.”
“That wasn’t a real possibility in 1986,” said Blanco, now 52 and a member of the faculty at Florida International University. “I didn’t come out until I was 27.”
A gay Cuban American, Blanco delivered the poem for former President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. He has published multiple books of poetry and has maintained a two-decades-long same-sex relationship.
In Miami, Pridelines, an LGBTQ Community Center offers programs for youth and young adults covering coming out issues.
This is the 10th anniversary, HRC notes, for trans inclusion on National Coming Out Day.