We’re still on a high from International Lesbian Day and now there’s another reason to celebrate: National Coming Out Day!
Whether you’re “out” or not (no pressure!), this day celebrates the unique power of telling the world just how gay you really are. Coming out vs. being in the closet isn’t a black-and-white issue, not by far. But you should never have to hide who you are, and there are endless different creative ways to unveil your inner lesbian. For some queer women who don’t “look gay” (whatever that means), coming out is a never-ending process!
This year is the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day. The Human Rights Campaign first observed the holiday on October 11, 1988, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The holiday was meant to be “a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out.”
Today, many queer people take advantage of this holiday to come out to their loved ones, but it can be a difficult and lonely process. Whether you’re a baby dyke or a seasoned queer, whether you’re fully out or just halfway or not at all — take a moment on this day to appreciate yourself for who you really are. You’re part of a strong lineage of powerful LGBTQ freedom fighters, and your community has your back.
Considering coming out for the first time this year? GO Mag previously published this very handy list of tips on coming out for queer women. The Trevor Project also honored this year’s holiday by creating a guidebook to coming out specifically for queer youth. You got this! We love you!