NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY
National Coming Out Day is an observed civil awareness day celebrated annually on October 11. This day celebrates individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender – coming out regarding their sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people.
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National Coming Out Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was founded in 1988 by New Mexico Psychologist and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, Robert Eichberg and Jean O’ Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. October 11 was chosen as it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.