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A Look Back at National Coming Out Day 2012

This post comes from HRC Editorial and Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore:

Yesterday, people around the world came out as LGBT and as straight supporters in honor of National Coming Out Day.

NCOD has become an important day for LGBT people and our straight allies. It is a day for celebrating ourselves and our community, for showing support for our LGBT friends, and for sending a message to our elected officials that equality matters.

HRC worked this year to make engaging with NCOD as easy as possible for all Americans. We launched an entire Coming Out Center on our website, featuring the year’s most prominent celebrity coming out moments, resources for coming out as LGBT and as straight supporters, and more.

Our National Coming Out Day Youth Report detailed the results of HRC’s groundbreaking survey of more than 10,000 LGBT–identified youth ages 13 to 17. The study explores the coming out experiences of LGBT youth—to whom they come out, in what settings, obstacles they experience, and the ways in which coming out may be related to their personal well–being, sense of safety, and their connections to family, school and community.

We unveiled our new NCOD Facebook app, which allowed LGBT people and allies to pin their location on a map. Thousands added their pins, and the resulting map proved to be a powerful visual that sends a clear message: LGBT people and straight supporters exist everywhere, and we are proud to be who we are.

We now look ahead to NCOD 2013. Over the next year, we will continue our fight for equality in an effort to ensure that LGBT Americans can live and love openly.

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