The Brief: October 11, National Coming Out Day is a day to come out and to support the LGBTQ+ community.


October 11 is National Coming Out Day (#NationalComingOutDay) in the United States. It is celebrated around the world on October 11 and 12. It is an annual day to come out and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

On National Coming Out Day, LGBTQ+ celebrities and social media users post about their experiences while allies share their support. Many of those who choose to share their stories on this day have pointed out that coming out is something people should do on their own terms when they are ready. The day is meant to provide a platform for love and acceptance, but not a demand for anyone to come out if they do not want to.

2018 marks the 30th National Coming Out Day, which was started by activists Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary. October 11 is the anniversary of the Second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay rights.