National Coming Out Day - October 11, 2016

Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. On Oct. 11, 2016, we will mark the 28th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. 

28 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10.

Coming out - whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied - 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.

In honor of National Coming Out Day, HRC honors all who have come out as LGBTQ or as a straight ally for equality – that takes bravery, and we commend you.

Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.

Watch HRC's National Coming Out Day 2015 video:

For more on coming out, visit HRC's Coming Out Center or check out the resources below.

Learn About Coming Out Day

History of National Coming Out Day

Come Out and Vote

So much is at stake for millions of LGBTQ Americans this year. The 2016 election will be critical for protecting the progress we've made on equality and continuing to promote pro-LGBTQ legislative priorities. 

Living Openly

However you identify, HRC and its Coming Out project hope these guides and resources help you meet the challenges and opportunities that living openly offers to each of us:

Are You a Straight Ally?

Flip through or download HRC's Coming Out as a Straight Supporter to learn about the emotional spectrum that people typically feel after someone comes out to them and find easy ways to learn more and demonstrate your support for LGBTQ people and equality worldwide.

Read More

Check out HRC's blog to read brave and inspiring coming out stories.

Watch Powerful Coming Out Stories

Tituss Burgess

Colton Haynes

Ellen Page

Moms for Transgender Equality

Dads for Transgender Equality