What is National Coming Out Day?
National Coming Out Day is a national event created by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in 1988 to celebrate coming out as LGBTA, living authentically and openly, and to raise awareness about the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement and the current struggles LGBTQ+ people face in the legal, medical, criminal, educational, and other institutions. Each year, National Coming Out Day is held on October 11th in recognition of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
National Coming Out Day with Pride Lafayette
In 2009, Pride Lafayette hosted our first National Coming Out Day celebration at the Pride Lafayette Community Center. The afternoon of events featured a carry-in lunch, the sharing of coming out stories, and the movie “Ma Vie En Rose” (1997). We look forward to hosting similar events in coming years. In 2010 we began partnering with Purdue University and other local organizations so that we now offer a week of events which has included panel discussions, movie screenings, bowling, and other educational and social events. Check back frequently for updates about what we will be doing this year!