Oct. 11, 2015 marks the 27th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.
One of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is one in ten.
Coming out — whether as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or as an ally of a friend or family member — is one of the most powerful and life-affirming steps we can take. Our stories support and inspire each other. Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality.
Our coming out stories are wildly different. There is no right or wrong way. We honor the courage and heartache of so many on this day. We celebrate you.