October 11 is National Coming Out Day. It was started in 1987 with an idea by Rob Eichberg and Jean O’Leary that was formed on the belief that the visibility of LGBTQ people is what leads to compassion and momentum toward civil rights. Too often people don’t get involved with something unless it impacts them directly, and the point of the original March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on October 11, 1987, was to show that there are more queer people than some may want to believe. Also, those people who claim they don’t know a gay or transgender person actually do. National Coming Out Day is about representation. It is about being seen and seeing ourselves in others, whether gay, straight, cisgender, or transgender.
While it’s tempting to scream, “We’re here, we’re queer! Get used to it!” there is a bit more nuance to coming out than throwing open the closet door and waving the Pride flag. Here are some things to think about if you are the parent of a kid who just came out or are a parent wondering when it will be your time.
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