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October 11 is National Coming Out Day! 

The day is meant to celebrate individuals who come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally, according to The Human Rights Campaign. 

National Coming Out Day falls on October 11 each year in honor of the half a million people who participated in the second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987 and was also created to promote a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live openly.

The idea for National Coming Out Day came from Rob Eichberg, a founder of the personal growth workshop The Experience and Jean O’Leary, the then-head of National Gay Rights Advocates.

"Coming out - whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied - STILL MATTERS," the Human Rights Campaign says on their site. "When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other."

Watch the HRC's Coming Out Day video here: 

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