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October 11 is National Coming Out Day, first held on October 11, 1988. This date was chosen for the annual event in commemoration of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It also marks the anniversary of the first visit of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Washington, D.C.. National Coming Out Day is a time to publicly display gay pride. Many choose this day to come out to their parents, friends, co-workers and themselves.

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These are pictures we’ve made for National Coming Out Day. Encourage talking… get personal. Demonstrate our love. Every person who walks out of that closet has family, friends, neighbors, teachers, employers, and colleagues who have the potential to change their mind on gay issues and to actually know/love/respect a gay person themselves. We fear what we do not understand. Put a face on their fear, so their fear no longer makes sense.

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In the end, and in the beginning, the first person you have to be open with is yourself. Coming out is the most important thing you will do all day, whether it’s for the first time, or the first time today

Keep in mind a straight ally is someone who is not gay, lesbian,
bisexual or transgender (GLBT) but personally advocates for
GLBT equal rights and fair treatment. Straight allies are some of the
most effective and powerful advocates for the GLBT movement.
These allies have proven invaluable personally and politically,
and are increasingly important in the fight for GLBT
equality. Indeed, their voices often have been heard while those of
GLBT people have been ignored.

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