Sunday, October 16, 2011

"I'm Coming Out! I Want the World to Know, Gotta Let it Show!"

It's quite clear by my title that I am highly excited about this blog entry.

For those who have no idea what this day is about, today is a day for closeted lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to come out and embrace their sexual orientation. "The idea behind the day, which occurs each October 11, is that by promoting greater self-acceptance among LGBT people and greater acceptance by the community at large, young LGBT people can be protected from physical and emotional harm," as stated by CBS News.

If you all didn't know today is International Coming Out Day ! So let's all come out about being gay, yay! Whether you're lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, or straight, be proud of who you are and show your support for equality for the LGBT community.

For those who want a brief history about today, "National Coming Out Day was founded by Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary October 11th, 1988 in celebration of the second gay march in Washington D.C. a year earlier. The purpose of the march and of National Coming Out Day is to promote government and public awareness of gay , bisexual, lesbian, and transgender rights and to celebrate homosexuality. National Coming Out Day is a time to publicly display gay pride. Many choose this day to come out to their parents, friends, co-workers, and themselves," as stated by About.com.

In celebration of this day. celebrities such as Kesha has come together with the Human Rights Campaign in making shirts that show there support to the LGBT community. The shirt states "We R Who We R," which is the title of one of her hit songs. The shirts cost $35 and all proceeds will go to HRC's work to achieve equality for the community. If anyone is interested in buying a shirt they are sold on the Human Rights Campaign Website: http://shop.hrc.org/catalog/product/view/id/1939/s/ke-ha-we-r-who-we-r-t-shirt/category/3/



Today is celebrated not only to make the public aware of the LGBT community but many celebrated the fact that just this year so much has been accomplished, such as legalizing same sex marriage in New York and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell being repealed within the military. The LGBT community is taking strives to make a difference and it is quite clear that slowly but surely changes are being done. There are even a few people who decided to make videos of them coming out about their sexual orientation and posting it on YouTube.

Today is such a phenomenal day and for those who are taking time to support the cause and the purpose of this day should pat their selves on the back. Taking strides to make the community aware of LGBT rights is something that we should all be proud of.

With that said, how are you celebrating today? ..

Peace Love and Rainbows,

Rinagrace

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