About National Coming Out Day
Every year, on October 11, National Coming Out Day is celebrated. The founding year of this day is 1988, and it is celebrated to encourage the LGBTQ+ community and spread awareness about various sexual orientations.
According to the American Psychological Association, Richard Eichberg, a psychologist, and Jean O'Leary, a gay rights activist, founded the National Coming Out Day in 1988.
On this day, LGBTQ+ community members identify themselves as who they are and pay more attention to their rights.
National Coming Out Day coincides with the 1987 march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights. Thousands marched to protest against Ronald Reagan’s lack of acknowledgement pertaining to the AIDS crisis and the criminalization of sodomy acts between consenting adult men.
National Coming Out Day has become an important day in US history, with processions and parades conducted in several states.
It is celebrated with great zeal and pomp as a fully-fledged celebration.