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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Come on out on October 11

October 11 is National Coming Out Day.

This day coincides with the National Marches on Washington, D.C. for Lesbian and Gay Rights held (and the unveiling of the AIDS Memorial Quilt) on October in 1987 & 1988 and has been held every year (except 2001, after the September terrorist attacks on the United States) since founded in 1988. In spite of being called "National", this day is observed by lesbian, gay, bi,queer, questioning folk and our allies in many countries.

<span style="font-style:italic;"><span style="font-weight:bold;">HRC's "Coming Out Day" overview is embedded on the site.</span></span>

Coming out for me (and, I'd guess many) is a continual process that isn't "done". I'll write more about my own experience soon, but wanted to make sure all our people knew the day was coming. October 11, 2008 is also the day of AIDS Walk Napa Valley.

I've been reading lately about how the queer movement seems to be losing a little steam and to some--especially around this year's election--is having much less of an impact in politics. Coming out to me is a very powerful political, cultural and personal act. It's a big start and I think we need to be careful we don't become complacent or indifferent. We're lucky we live in the Bay Area, but it isn't all blind acceptance here either.

Who has been hardest? Easiest? Most important for you to come out to?

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