Celebrate National Coming Out Day with HRC!

Produced by the HRC Foundation

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

We first observed National Coming Out Day on October 11, 1988, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out.

In honor of National Coming Out Day, HRC celebrates all who have come out as LGBTQ+. Coming out as LGBTQ+ STILL MATTERS. Our stories can be powerful for each other. When people know someone who is LGBTQ+, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. We can change hearts and minds and create a lasting impact on our community.

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

Celebrate With Us

Our Resources and Guides

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

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Dear LGBTQ+ Youth: We Love You

We asked our community to record their messages to share with LGBTQ+ youth who may need a little extra support.

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National Coming Out Day Gear

Check out our brand-new We Are Family T-Shirt and other clothing and gear celebrating National Coming Out Day!


Watch These Coming Out Stories

HRC commemorates National Coming Out Day by sharing stories of those who have come out over the years.

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

'You Are Perfect Just As You Are'

Read this National Coming Out Day Message from HRC Interim President Joni Madison.

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The Human Rights Campaign reports on news, events and resources of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that are of interest to the general public and further our common mission to support the LGBTQ+ community.