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More than just one specific day, National Coming Out Day celebrates the courage of being visible.

Yesterday, October 11, 2015, marked the 27th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.

We first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. 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.

Learn More about the History of National Coming Out Day

Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – 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.

Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.

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