National Coming Out of the Closet Day

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National Coming Out Day. 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.

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.

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Did you know just before and/or after the coming out process, LGBTQ youth are at highest risk for suicide?

I am an ally. I will support those in the LGBTQ community. I believe they should love who they want, what they do in their own home does not affect me. I have lots of friends in the community, and my heart is just the same. They are human beings just like me, and I wish more people would stop judging them on their lifestyle, and start embracing them with love. We need to come together as equality, and stop with the hate.

Coming out doesn’t have to be public, just own it for yourself. Don’t feel bad for those around you, because true friends will love just who you are, no matter what attracts you. Keep smiling, you have something to live for and know that I support you. Hang in there my friend.

Websites to look into:
Human Rights Campaign
National Coming Out Day on Facebook
Teaching Tolerance: 5 ways to support