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Monday, October 10, 2011

Celebrate National Coming Out Day: October 11th, 2011

As many in the LGBT community already know, October 11 is a very special day for is National Coming Out Day.

Founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary, marking the anniversary of the 1987 march on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Since then, NCOD has become an internationally recognized day of celebration for the LGBT community and their allies.

Robert Eichberg, who died in 1995 of complications from AIDS, said in a 1992 interview, "Most people think they don't know anyone gay or lesbian, and in fact everybody does. It is imperative that we come out and let people know who we are and disabuse them or their fears and stereotypes."

And this year, we have many LGBT successes to celebrate; DADT has finally been repealed and now Gay & lesbian couples can legally get married in New York...these are huge steps. I know we still have a long way to go, but for tomorrow, lets take the time and be grateful for what we have accomplished...and let that jo spill out for the year ahead!

So, on October 11th, 2011 where ever you may be, let those you know & love, family members, friends, maybe even a stranger, know who you are… and that you are proud. No matter if you're lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, or a straight alliance member, stand up and be proud!

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