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Our Favorite Posts on #NationalComingOutDay

Our Favorite Posts on #NationalComingOutDay

Steve Grand
Out musician Steve Grand

Social media was awash in rainbows and proud declarations of identity today, the 27th annual National Coming Out Day. 

Unless you've been taking a self-imposed screen-time vacation, you've likely noticed that your social media channels are particularly out and proud today. That's no coincidence. Today marks the 27th annual National Coming Out Day, and LGBT people (and allies) from all corners of the country were making themselves known today.

The wide range of identities and individuals claiming them speaks to the endless diversity of our big, happy, rainbow-hued family. Here are some of the posts that gave us the warm-fuzzies:

Musicians and celebrities were quick to sound off:

As were LGBT organizations and their leaders:

Some took the chance to highlight identities that are often underrepresented:

Two of the Democratic presidential hopefuls added their voices to the conversation (at press time, Bernie Sanders hadn't made reference to NCOD on his social media accounts):

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, the city's first out mayor, offered these words of encouragement:

Even a few fictional characters chimed in:

Meanwhile, some participants took the opportunity to stress that coming out is a unique experience for everyone, and something only to be done when one is safe and able to be open in their environment. As trans author, activist, and father S. Bear Bergman suggested:

Someone made this from my FB status a few years ago on National Coming Out Day. I still feel pretty good about it.

Posted by S. Bear Bergman on Sunday, October 11, 2015

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