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By Teresa Ahrenholz, RIC Chair

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) was founded on October 11, 1988 by Robert Eichsberg and Jean O’Leary marking the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

Whether you or someone you know and love is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBTQIA+ equality! 

Why Coming Out Matters

Every year on National Coming Out Day, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) celebrates coming out as LGBTQIA+. For more information, visit HRC’s Coming Out Center.

Coming out as LGBTQIA+ still matters. When people know someone who is LGBTQIA+, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, shared stories are powerful. 

That being said, coming out takes bravery. But every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds and creates new advocates for equality.

“Coming Out” vs “Inviting In”

When publicly identifying as LGBTQIA+, you are inviting people into a part of your life that should be protected and celebrated.

You are not asking for permission to be you.

You control the narrative, as well as who and what you allow into your life.

Supporting School-Age Kids

For those of school age, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.

GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

GLSEN was founded by a group of teachers in 1990. They knew that educators play key roles in creating affirming learning environments for LGBTQ+ youth. As well as activating supportive educators, they believe in centering and uplifting student-led movements, which have powered initiatives like the Day of Silence, Ally Week, and more.

GLSEN’s website is very informative and the local Greater Cincinnati Chapter is located  just over the river in Covington. Check out our local GLSEN chapter's website to see what great things they are doing!