Coming Out Day 2017
Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. The initial idea of Coming Out Day was grounded on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly LGBTQ+ person. In some ways, and in some areas, it has become more acceptable to come out as LGBTQ+ in recent years- consider the passing of marriage equality. At the same time, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and the recent trans military ban are events that have made it seem more dangerous to be out and visible as LGBTQ+. Coming out is a brave choice, and can be exciting and validating, but can also be dangerous. Coming Out Day celebrates those who have chosen to come out, while accepting those who are not yet safe or able to do so. This event will be a celebration of people with LGBTQ+ identities, a joyous event in the midst of the discrimination that many LGBTQ+ people face on a daily basis.