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Katie Rogers, Washington Post blog: National Coming Out Day: What does it mean to you?

National Coming Out Day: What does it mean to you?
by Katie Rogers, October 11, 2011

As cultural discourse around gay rights hits a fever pitch, messages of support for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community are pouring out online.

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, a movement started by the Human Rights Campaign in order for LGBT people — and their straight allies — to help raise awareness surrounding gay rights issues.

This year, the theme weighs heavily on the importance of ending bullying. People are donating their Facebook statuses at such rapid pace that it’s crashing the HRC application that helps them do it. But even as National Coming Out Day unfolds as a way for people to support one another, national headlines indicate conflicting views on homosexuality are mainstream. Headlines like these bump up against reports of gay teen suicides. Seattle-based gay columnist Dan Savage created the It Gets Better video project to show teens that “happiness was possible in the future.”

Give us Your Take: What does National Coming Out Day mean to you? Use #NCOD to respond on Twitter.






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