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10.11 International Coming Out Day: Be brave and be yourself!

Mar. 18, 2024, 2:33 PM Release

What is International Coming Out Day?

National Coming Out Day (NCOD), held every year on October 11, is a holiday to enhance public awareness of LGBT. Originated in the United States in 1988, the initial concept comes from the spirit of "the personal is political" in feminism and the gay liberation movement, emphasizing "coming out to family, friends and colleagues and living openly" as the core and basic politics action. Their basic belief is that homophobia can fester and spread in an atmosphere of ignorance and voicelessness, and as long as people know that someone they care about is gay, they are less likely to fear, discriminate or oppress gay.

National Coming Out Day was established in 1988 by New Mexico psychologist Robert Eichberg, who is also the founder of the National Gay and Lesbian Advocacy Workshop in the United States.

In 1988, 18 states participated in the first National Coming Out Day event, and the number grew to 21 states the next year, including various media outlets. After media promotion, National Coming Out Day was extended to the entire United States and other countries, and the number of participants continued to increase.

As times change, human rights become more and more progressive, and more and more people come out as gay. Well-known film and television stars such as Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen Page, and Cara Delevingne gradually spread from Europe and the United States. To Asia, such as Taiwanese artists HUSH, Zheng Yinong, etc. We are grateful to the people in the LGBTQ+ community who are willing to come out publicly. In addition to being brave enough to be themselves, they also provide a lot of courage and encouragement to gay people in the closet.

(From: Wikipedia)

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How many "gays" in China have come out?

According to the "Living Situation of Sexual Minorities in China" released by the United Nations and the "China LGBT Group Life Consumption Index Survey Report" launched by the Beijing Gay and Lesbian Center in 2014, only 4% of LGBT people claim to be "completely out" (meaning they have fully come out to their families). , friends, colleagues), 15% came out to close colleagues, 21% came out to some family members, and 59% came out to close friends. Sexual minorities who choose to come out face multiple difficulties, including discrimination on campus and in the workplace. In terms of protecting the rights and interests of different gender groups, our country has made international commitments and has adopted a number of laws and policies to protect the rights and interests of sexual minorities in various fields such as voting rights, labor and employment, and education. However, at this stage, it still needs to provide The group establishes a fair and friendly living environment.

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What would I do if someone "gay" came out to me?

First of all, don't judge, let alone discriminate or hurt him or her. Your friend's willingness to come out to you stems from his trust in you. Don't betray this trust. You can understand and support him as much as possible. If they need someone to talk to, you can be a listener. On the basis of equality and respect, you can express your confusion, that you need time to digest, and seek information from him or her that can help you understand more about sex and gender, etc. Sometimes, we may express love to ourselves through "comrades". At this time, just refuse politely and never play with his feelings.

(From: "The Embarrassing Stories of Strange People" is proudly produced by the Youth Resource Center in the same city)

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