The Human Rights
Campaign is asking you to "Talk About It."
That's the theme for this year's
National Coming Out Day. The notion stems from a poll
that revealed that 72% of people in America know someone who
is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, compared
with just 11% in 1987.
year's National Coming Out Day, on October 11, also
falls on the 20th anniversary of the Gay and Lesbian
March on Washington, when the AIDS Quilt was displayed
on the National Mall.
director of HRC's Coming Out Project, said in a
statement that when the march first took place, coming
out was a matter of life and death. "In many
ways, we have come a very long way in a relatively short
time, and yet that lesson still resonates deeply today.
Coming out and living openly is the most important
thing that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and
straight supportive Americans can do to build lasting
understanding and equality." (The Advocate)