National Coming Out Day

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Bisexuals all over the world are celebrating National Coming Out Day (NCOD), an internationally observed day of celebration for LGBT people. This holiday is observed annually on October 11 not only to celebrate coming out, but also to raise public awareness about LGBT people and equal rights issues. National Coming Out Day is observed in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand,Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

NCOD is on October 11th because in 1987 people marched on Washington DC for Lesbian and Gay rights; this was the second such major demonstration and started many different organizations.In the United States, the Human Rights Campaign sponsors NCOD events under the auspices of their National Coming Out Project, offering resources to LGBT individuals, couples, parents and children, as well as straight friends and relatives, to promote awareness of LGBT families living honest and open lives.

NCOD was founded in 1988 by Rob Eichberg ,a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O’Leary, a lesbian political leader from Los Angeles who led of the National Gay Rights Advocates.The date of October 11th was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

The first headquarters was located in the West Hollywood, California offices of the National Gay Rights Advocates. Eighteen states participated in the first NCOD, which was covered in the national media. In its second year, the headquarters moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and participation grew to 21 states. After a media push in 1990, NCOD was observed in all 50 states and seven other countries.

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