Celebrate National Coming Out Day with HRC!

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Whether you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBTQ+ equality this Coming Out Day!

Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as LGBTQ+. This year, we will mark the 33rd anniversary of National Coming Out Day with the theme of Born to Shine!

Thirty-three 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.

Coming out as LGBTQ+ 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 celebrates all who have come out as LGBTQ+ – that takes bravery, and we commend you. Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.

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

Celebrate With Us

Joni Madison as a young girl and her mom in a photo booth

'You Are Perfect Just As You Are'

A National Coming Out Day Message from HRC Interim President Joni Madison

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Dear LGBTQ+ Youth: We Love You

We asked our community to record their messages to share with LGBTQ+ youth.

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HRC commemorates the 33rd annual National Coming Out Day by sharing stories of those who have come out this year.

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Born to Shine

Show it to the world with our brand-new Born to Shine T-Shirt, featuring an embroidered rainbow sun.


Living Openly

However you identify, HRC hopes these guides and resources help you meet the challenges and opportunities that living openly offers to each of us.

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