National Coming Out Day is observed by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and their allies.
The day was founded by Dr. Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in 1988, in celebration of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights one year earlier, in which 500,000 people marched on Washington, DC, USA, for gay and lesbian equality.
National Coming Out Day events are aimed at raising awareness of the LGBT community among the general populace in an effort to give a familiar face to the LGBT rights movement.
In the United States, the Human Rights Campaign manages the event under the National Coming Out Project, offering resources to LGBT individuals, couples, parents and children, as well as straight friends and relatives, to promote awareness of LGBT families living honest and open lives.
National Coming Out Day is observed worldwide on Saturday October 11th.
Who? The Chicago School & Harrington College of Design Diversity Committee
What? National Coming Out Day
• Coming out info & resources
Where? 3rd Floor Student Lounge
When? Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
Visit our Diversity Committee Display outside the 3rd Floor Student Lounge!