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3 Thoughtful Ways to Celebrate Coming Out Day
Coming out is a unique journey and experience for all individuals. At the same time, we can collectively celebrate the bravery and authenticity involved.
Enter Coming Out Day – celebrated yearly on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, October 11th. This day honors the act of "coming out", that is, when an LGBT person chooses to openly share their sexual orientation or gender identity.
This day also honors those that cannot safely come out and recognizes the impact of stigma and discrimination against LGBT individuals.
While any day is a great day to choose to live authentically, here are just a few ways to celebrate Coming Out Day this year:
1. Get Involved
Perhaps your New Year’s Resolution was to volunteer, or you’ve been meaning to support your community in other ways. Either way, let today exist as a motivator!
Several local LGBTQ+ community centers and non-profits rely on the support of volunteers. A simple search within your vicinity should turn up plenty of organizations readily willing to bring you on board!
Financial donations can also help these essential resources grow their local footprint and further give back to the community.
You can also join an LGBT-centric association or subcommunity. Jetsetters might find a landing pad at IGLTA.lgbt, the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association. Whether you’re a resident of Greater Manchester or a student in Limburg, you’ll find a slew of local social clubs, events, and chapters catered to your identity and interests.
2. Education – Access & Share Resources
“Every coming out experience is unique and must be navigated in the way most comfortable for the individual. Whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, coming out can be an arduous journey. It is also a brave decision to live authentically” the Humans Right Campaign aptly explains.
They offer a wealth of resources to educate, destigmatize and aide in the coming out process. Several of their Coming Out Resources are specialized to your unique circumstances, beliefs, and identity - such as coming out guidance within your religious group or cultural affiliation.
You can also read up on others’ Coming Out Journeys over at Story.LGBT. They understand how simultaneously difficult, inspiring, relieving, isolating, and uplifting the coming out process can be. Learn more about Story, then consider submitting your experience with coming out.
3. Spread the Love
An inherently social act, Coming Out is a great day to do just that – get social! Have fun playing virtual dress-up by crafting your own pride avatar, or show your colors by updating your profile picture with a rainbow filter overlay.
It’s also a great time to shop LGBT-owned small businesses. Try the Gay Lesbian Directory, or search for “LGBT owned” in conjunction with the name of your city to shop local.
“A small act of kindness during such a difficult 2020 may be the relief or inspiration others could use right now.” says Consortium, an organization working to strengthen and support LGBT+ groups, organizations and projects.
This is why you might consider a virtual “coming out” of sorts – one that displays pride and alliance from the moment someone visits your website.
“Whether you’re an LGBT business owner, entrepreneur, community organization or non-profit, a .LGBT domain name provides you with the perfect web address to raise global visibility for the LGBT community and help you stand out on the Internet.” explains PrideLife, the first LGBT owned and operated domain name registry. That’s why they’re running a BOGO (Buy One, Give One) promo through October 31st. Purchase one .LGBT domain for your organization, brand or initiative – and get a free domain to gift. That’s a win-win for you and a fellow community member.
Volunteering, connecting with others, supporting your community - how you celebrate Coming Out Day is entirely up to you. And however you choose to enjoy it, we’re celebrating you.