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Today, HRC is kicking off a weeklong celebration in honor of National Coming Out Day and everyone who has stepped up to live their truth this year.

National Coming Out Day, which occurs this Saturday, October 11, celebrates coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. Whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, National Coming Out Today is an opportunity for you to celebrate who you and your community are. 

Today, more than ever, coming out matters. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can help empower each other.

While people around the world come out every day, some coming out stories made plenty of headlines this year. Michael Sam made history in February as the first Division I college football player in history to come out as gay. Days later actress Ellen Page came out as lesbian from the stage of HRC’s inaugural Time to THRIVE Conference.  Two singers, Tyler Glenn, a Mormon, of the pop band Neon Trees, and Christian singer Vicky Beeching both came out as gay this year. Beauty pageant competitors Djuan Trent and Patricia Yurena came out on social media. International models Geena Rocero and Andreja Pejic broke gender norms and expectations after they came out as transgender.

It wasn’t just celebrities, singers, models or athletes who took a brave step and came out in the national spotlight this year. Average Americans, like D.C. school principal Pete Cahall and a six-year-old transgender boy named Ryland, moved hearts and minds across the nation just by living their truth.

All week long, HRC is calling on its members and supporters to tell us how they’re living openly and authentically, while celebrating another historic year in coming out.

Join the celebration now by tweeting your truth using the hashtag #ComingOut and stay tuned to HRC’s blog and HRC’s ComingOut Center for more information about National Coming Out Day.

For more on the major coming out moments of 2014, click here. 

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