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October 11, 2012 by Carolyn Simon, Deputy Director of Digital Media
[View the story "National Coming Out Day" on Storify]National Coming Out DayPeople all over the world are celebrating National Coming Out Day today! There are so many people on Facebook, Twitter and more who have been moved to spread messages of support.Storified by Human Rights Campaign · Thu, Oct 11 2012 08:43:50May all those who ARE, have the strength to BE !! We exist, we live , we love , we laugh , we ARE who God and the universe and FATE meant us to be! We mean you no harm...just let us love , let us live , let us be...we are here and we will never ,EVER, be anything other than who and what we were meant to be! LOUD AND PROUD!!Ginamarie GuarnaHappy National Coming Out Day to my dear friends who have crossed this hurdle and to those with it still ahead.Alexis SimpsonI am coming out - to support my brothers and sisters for equal rights!Kyrja WithersTo those in the LGBT community who are out & proud: thank you for your honesty and inspiration! You have and continue to blaze trails that will, one day, bring equality for all. To those who are questioning or afraid to come out: you are loved. You have a whole host of folks out there who have been where you are, who are there to help you however you need. Once you're ready, they'll proudly stand up and help you celebrate your true self! To straight supporters: you are a blessing. Recognizing that love is love and supporting that fact is a gift to LGBT generations past, present, & future. Anyone who would like more info or resources regarding today, National Coming Out Day, visit the HRC website- it's great!http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/national-coming-out-dayCarlos HerreraNational Coming Out Day. Be proud of who you are, and don't let anyone bring you down. #NCODStephanyIt's National Coming Out day! Cheers to all the courageous souls who are joining the fam today! No matter what your orientation is, be proud of who you are, as well as who you love. What else is there in this life? Love is the movement Jess SmithRemember your true colors are beautiful like a rainbow. #cyndi #NCODBrian McIverMany people who are out as LGBT have been reflecting on their decisions to come out.Happy National Coming Out Day!!! I came out 10 years ago and I STILL feel it's the best decision I have ever made!Derek JohnsonComing out, at the time, seemed like the hardest thing imaginable. But when I did, I finally could start living. Share the love. #NCODJustin MikitaOut and proud..........Scott RumageToday is National Coming Out Day! For those of you who don't know, I am bisexual and proud of it!I hope that those in the GLBT community who are still in the closet, and can safely do so and are ready, will take the opportunity today to come out to someone in their life.It's also a good opportunity day for our straight allies and supporters to make known or reaffirm their support.Vickie Elliott DavieThe theme for National Coming Out Day 2012 is "Come Out. Vote." Many people are seizing the opportunity to put the spotlight on Election Day and the fight for full equality for LGBT people. There's also excitement about HRC's National Coming Out Day Facebook app - check out the app and tell your elected officials to come out for equality!RT @HRC: #HappyNationalComingOutDay! Come out for equality & put a pin on the Coming Out map. http://bit.ly/pMx39j http://pic.twitter.com/erwX5nKVRicky MartinHappy National Coming Out Day! Today, I'm COMING OUT for Marriage, Employment and Protection from Discrimination Rights for ALL human beings! *mwah* (kisses)Mia Felicia SpragginsNational Coming Out day, so named as it is the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality. Many gains have been made in the past 25 years, but many more to go. The current platform of the Republican Party is calling for set backs in this fight; please keep that in mind as you vote.Russell MurphyNational Coming Out Day occurs during LGBT History Month, so we also take time today to reflect on the history of the LGBT movement and the progress that has been made over the years.National Coming Out Day: Key Moments in Fight For Equal RightsTwenty-five years ago today, half a million people participated in a historic march on Washington, D.C., for gay rights. Fired up from th...National Coming Out Day: The ButtonsOn Oct. 11, 1987, almost half a million people came to Washington, D.C., for the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay ...Finally, NCOD is about hope for the future, so we recommit ourselves to creating a world where all LGBT can feel safe to come out at home, at work and in their communities.I'm so glad the world is becoming more open-mindedJerry N Weslee BaedifHappy National Coming Out Day from HRC!
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