HRC Celebrates 30th Annual National Coming Out Day

by Stephen Peters

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization — is celebrating the 30th anniversary ofNational Coming Out Day (NCOD). Every year on October 11, NCOD emphasizes the importance of coming out and creating a safe world in which LGBTQ people can live openly as their authentic selves.

HRC launched a powerful digital campaign leading up to NCOD highlighting inspirational stories of celebrities and influencers who have come out over the past year, including Janelle MonáeKehlaniBex Taylor-KlausBrendon UrieAlyson Stoner and more. Stephanie Beatriz — an actress, proud Argentinian American immigrant, and bisexual woman — will also join @HRC today for an #HRCTwitterTakeover. HRC has also worked with Twitter to mark the occasion — for the first time in history — with a dedicated National Coming Out Day emoji in conjunction with the hashtag #ComingOutDay, which social media users can use to elevate their voices, connect the community and share their stories.

“Coming out can be one of the most courageous acts an LGBTQ person makes, and that courage is inextricably tied to our continued progress toward full equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Visibility matters, and research shows that when people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support full equality under the law. Coming out and sharing our stories is essential to advancing LGBTQ equality and fighting back against attempts to turn back the clock on our progress.”

The HRC Foundation — the educational arm of HRC — has launched several resources available to encourage and support individuals in their coming out journey, including the organization’s latest guides,Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Latinx Americans and Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and a 2018 Latinx LGBTQ Youth Report. HRC's additional coming out tools include resources on coming out in communities of faith, among different racial and ethnic identities, in the workplace and to one's doctor, and a variety of other contexts. Visit for more information.

With the Trump-Pence administration’s onslaught of attacks on LGBTQ equality, it’s as important as ever to recognize the power of coming out and ensure the voices of the LGBTQ community are heard — especially at the polls. With only 26 days until Election Day, HRC is working harder than ever to mobilize more than 10 million LGBTQ voters and 52 million “Equality Voters” to #TurnOUT in November. Last year, HRC announced a coast-to-coast campaign to mobilize these voters for the midterm elections called HRC Rising, which represents the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s 38-year history.

For more information and resources on NCOD, visit HRC’s Coming Out Center.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organizations working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community..


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