National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual civil awareness day internationally observed on October 11 to recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community. It grows and becomes more well known every single year. National coming out day is a time for those in the LGBT community to finally be open about who they are to their friends, family and the world!
NCOD was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. The date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights
There is no question that homophobia and ignorance builds on silence so it is time to end that silence.
Being proud of who you are will make you happier within yourself. Research has shown that if somebody KNOWS somebody who is part of the LGBT community, they are much less likely to be homophobic.
Coming out can be a scary time, and everybody’s experience of this is unique. There is no right or wrong way to do it- just remember to go at your own pace and that you are not alone.