National Coming Out Day, observed annually on 11 October, marks the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It’s a day to celebrate the bold, liberating and courageous act of coming out and living openly, and to also acknowledge the diverse and multidimensional nature of coming out. 

There is no singular coming out (or staying in) experience, and it’s important to make space for stories that may not match our expectations. This might include the stories of those for whom coming out is not a single, pivotal moment in time, but a gradual, nonlinear process. It might also include stories of those who are not able or ready to come out, and of those who simply don’t feel that they need or want to come out. So, on 11 October, let’s celebrate the diverse ways we come out (or stay in) by showing our support to those who have paved the way and who publicly share their queerness, as well as the ones who live more quietly, but with no less resilience or bravery. 

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Take it further 

Start exploring the complexity of the coming out experience and the conversation surrounding it by checking out some of Griffith’s open access publications: 

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