National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed day for coming out as LGBT, and for discussion about people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. It is observed by members of our communities and their allies on October 11 every year.
For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, coming out is one of the most important and unifying life experiences that we all share. Coming out is a lifelong process of understanding and accepting your sexual orientation or identity.
Everyone’s coming out story is unique, and that’s because the process happens in different ways, at different ages, for different people. Coming out to yourself and feeling good about who you are will result in the release of your true self-expression, a much more positive sense of self and more healthy and honest relationships with your loved ones.
When you decide to come out as LGBTQ, remember that you don’t owe anyone an apology. You are who you are, you have no choice, and that is beautiful.
For more on coming out – please read our Coming Out page in the Resources section of our site.