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Thursday Is National Coming Out Day 2012

This year's theme is "Come Out. Vote."

Thursday, Oct. 11, represents National Coming Out Day, an internationally-recognized event that celebrates members of the LGBT community and supports those wishing to publicly identify their sexual orientation. 

Here are some historical facts regarding National Coming Out Day, as reported by the Human Rights Campaign website

In the Beginning, There Was a March

On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was the second such demonstration in our nation’s capital and resulted in the founding of a number of LGBT organizations, including the National Latino/a Gay & Lesbian Organization (LLEGÓ) and AT&T’s LGBT employee group, LEAGUE. The momentum continued four months after this extraordinary march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists from around the country gathered in Manassas, Va., about 25 miles outside Washington, D.C. Recognizing that the LGBT community often reacted defensively to anti-gay actions, they came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it. The originators of the idea were Rob Eichberg, a founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, then head of National Gay Rights Advocates. From this idea the National Coming Out Day was born.

What does National Coming Out Day mean to you? Tell us in the comments section below.

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David October 11, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I didn't vote in the last presidential election and I'm not sure whether I'll vote in the coming presidential election.Romney has a strong personality but he is a Mormon and as a member of The National Atheist Party I certainly don't want a Mormon as president.I can tolerate a Catholic but not a Mormon.Obama while being an excellent orator was weak in his first debate with the Mormon.I also don't want Ryan,a dominionist as vice-president. It's too bad we only have these 2 duds running for president.I would like a system where as many as a dozen candidates would run for president.
Ali October 11, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Basing a candidate solely on their religion is idiotic. Good thing you're not voting.

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