October 11th is the internationally recognized day in which we recognize everyone who has bravely come out as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Gender Queer, Asexual and all other minority sexual orientations.
Coming out is so important. The more people you know who identify a certain way the harder it is to hold prejudices against them. Coming out can be a very hard, even terrifying, thing to do but the emotional and psychological toll of being closeted is devastating. Today we celebrate self expression and all the benefits that come from being fully self expressed member of the human race. Today we celebrate everyone who loved themselves enough to say “enough!” There are a lot of people in my life that I am very proud of today as I’m sure there are in yours. Reach out to some of them and acknowledge the amazing thing that they have done for themselves and the community by practicing self acceptance and promoting the acceptance of others just by the fact of their being out.
To learn more about the history of National Coming Out Day read this article at the Huffington Post and watch the video commemorating the 20th anniversary in 2007.
For more information on coming out please read this.