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According to Wikipedia:

"National Coming Out Day┬ (NCOD) is an annual┬ LGBTawareness day┬ observed on┬ October 11, to support┬ lesbian,┬ gay,┬ bisexual┬ and┬ transgender┬ (LGBT) people (and sometimes other groups typically grouped within the┬ LGBT community) to "coming out of the closet". First celebrated in the┬ United States┬ in 1988, 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 foundational belief is 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.

NCOD was inaugurated in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and┬ Jean O'Leary. Eichberg, who died in 1995 of complications from┬ AIDS, was a┬ psychologist┬ from New Mexico and the founder of the personal growth workshop "The Experience". O'Leary was an openly┬ lesbian┬ political leader and long-time activist from New York, and was at the time the head of the National Gay Rights Advocates in┬ Los Angeles.[3]┬ LGBT activists, including Eichberg and O'Leary, did not want to respond defensively to anti-LGBT action because they believed it would be predictable. This led them to establish NCOD in order to maintain positivity and celebrate coming out.┬ The date of October 11 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the┬ 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

Robert Eichberg, in 1993, said:

"Most people think they don't know anyone gay or lesbian, and in fact, everybody does. It is imperative that we come out and let people know who we are and disabuse them of their fears and stereotypes. 2


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