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Why Is National Coming Out Day Celebrated in October?

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 12:24 PM

On October 11, 1987 thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and supporters gathered on the Washington Mall to participate in the historic Second National March on Washington For Lesbian and Gay Rights.

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The event became one of the largest LGBT events and is commemorated every year on October 11, which has become known as National Coming Out Day.

Rob Eichberg and Jean O’Leary, LGBT activists, declared October 11 as National Coming Out Day in 1988, only a year after the landmark rally.

National Coming Out Day is meant to raise awareness and tolerance for the LGBT community, to encourage members of the LGBT community to take pride in their identity, and to remember the rally that is known as one of the LGBT community’s biggest successes.

The Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights advocated for Congress to allocate more money to AIDS research and to end discrimination against the LGBT community.

Dan Bradley, a member of President Carter’s administration and AIDS sufferer, attended the 1987 rally.

''After a lifetime of struggle and fear, I had the courage in 1982 to say, loud and clear: 'I am gay and I'm proud,’” Bradley announced, according to The New York Times coverage of the event.

Bradley’s pride in his announcement captures what National Coming Out Day aims to encourage.

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The Human Rights Campaign, civil rights organization that promotes the advancement of LGBT rights, says that on National Coming Out Day the group “honors all who have come out as LGBT or as a straight ally for equality – that takes bravery.”

Honoring LGTB advancement efforts and rallies is not limited to October 11th, however. The entirety of the month of October is recognized as LGBT History Month because of the numerous LGBT events that have taken place during that part of the year.

The first LGBT March on Washington took place on October 14, 1979. October 20th is known as LGBT Spirit Day, in which member and supporters of the LGBT community wear purple to show their support.

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