National Coming Out Day is an annual event celebrated on October 11th. It is a day of celebration and hope for those in the LGBTQ+ community, who are coming out to the world and expressing their true authentic selves. This event was first observed in 1988 by a group of activists in the United States, and since then, it has become a global phenomenon.
The day was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary, two gay rights activists. They chose October 11th to commemorate the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. They chose this date to symbolise the importance of coming out and to remember those who had come out in the past.
The initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation spirit of the personal being political, and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly lesbian or gay person.
The founders’ belief was that homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance and that once people know that they have loved ones who are lesbian or gay, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views.
Can LGBTQ people come out of the closet in Afghanistan?
Unfortunately no, it is not safe for LGBTQ individuals to come out of the closet in Afghanistan. Homosexuality is illegal in Afghanistan and is punishable by imprisonment or even death. LGBTQ individuals face discrimination, harassment, and violence from both the government and society. It is important to note that the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan has further worsened the situation for LGBTQ individuals.
Hoping for the day when being LGBT is no longer a crime anywhere on this planet.