October 11 is National Coming Out Day
Many communities are celebrating with rallies, parades
Sunday is National Coming Out Day, a day of celebration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and their allies.
Social media were buzzing with posts and videos in honor of the occasion.
The Rhodes brothers emotionally came out to their dad in a video posted to YouTube. “I just don’t want you to, like, not love us anymore or anything like that,” said Austin Rhodes, who was fighting back tears.
His dad responded, “You know I love you both. That’ll never change.”
Austin Rhodes’ concerns are not necessarily unfounded. Coming out – announcing their sexual orientation or gender identity to families and friends – can be a challenging moment for LGBTQ people.
Even in an era when LGBTQ people are more accepted in society, a point driven home by the Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage earlier this year, some still find discrimination or bigotry because of who they are.
National Coming Out Day was first celebrated in 1988, when tens of thousands of LGBTQ people and their allies converged on Washington for the first National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The event, routinely held October 11, is now marked with many different celebrations nationwide, including rallies and parades, often coinciding with Gay Pride festivals.
In Atlanta, crosswalks near the historic Piedmont Park were painted with the colors of the rainbow.
A rainbow flag was raised at City Hall in Philadelphia, before “OutFest,” a big block party, began.