When is "Coming Out Day"?
National Coming Out Day is always on October 11th!
It is observed on October 11 by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters (often referred to as "allies").
What is this Holiday for?
Coming out / being "open"
National Coming Out Day is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues.
How is this holiday celebrated?
It is highly encouraged for participants on this day to wear gay pride symbols, such as the pink triangle (gay men), the black triangle (gay females), the Greek letter lambda, and rainbows in jewelry and on clothing.
Origin of this Holiday?
The day was founded by Dr. Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary in 1988, in celebration of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights one year earlier, in which 500,000 people marched on Washington, DC, United States, for gay and lesbian equality. National Coming Out Day events are aimed at raising awareness of the LGBT community among the general populace in an effort to give a familiar face to the LGBT rights movement.
In the United States, the Human Rights Campaign manages the event under the National Coming Out Project, offering resources to LGBT individuals, couples, parents and children, as well as straight friends and relatives, to promote awareness of LGBT families living honest and open lives. Candace Gingrich became the spokesperson for the day in April 1995.
National Coming Out Day was not observed in 2001 in the United States as it occurred on the one month anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Who celebrates this holiday?
Despite its name, National Coming Out Day (so called because it originated as an event in the United States) is in fact observed in many countries, including Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Coming Out Day ECard Greetings
"Coming Out Day celebrates the breaking free of the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders and their coming out of the closet. If you're a part of the GLBT community, this is the time to urge others to come out. If you're not, even then you can spread the message of giving them an equal position in the society. Our sensible, touchy ecards are just right to express your feelings !"
We did find reference to this holiday on several ECard websites.
What type of holiday is this?
How can I Celebrate this holiday?
- Blog with us about it! - We have a blog called "Everyday is a Holiday" so visit our pages and tell us about your favorite cleaning day or your favorite cleaner recipe.
- Send Free E-Greeting! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them with these fun Internet Invitations.
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Other October 11 holidays around the world
October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 81 days remaining until the end of the year.
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