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Aired Oct 5, 2023

National Coming Out Day 2023

October 11, 2023 is the 35th Anniversary of National Coming Out Day, a day meant to celebrate LGBTQ+ people living their lives openly, support those working to come out of the closet, and always center safety as LGBTQ+ folks make those decisions and plans. It is also an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be openly LGBTQ+ and how our understanding and expectations of coming out have changed over the years.

Join us live Thursday, October 5th at 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT for our monthly episode of Something to Talk About Live! where we will be discussing “Coming out isn’t actually over. Here’s why.,” by David Oliver which appeared in USA Today. We will be joined by members of the PFLAG staff for this conversation!

Article: Coming out isn’t actually over. Here’s why.

Source: USA Today

Author: David Oliver

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Where do your ideas and expectations about coming out come from? Where did you learn about what it means to come out as LGBTQ+ person?
  2. Can you think of a public figure (e.g., an actor, athlete, politician, etc.) whose coming out story impacted you personally? If yes, who was it and how did it impact you? If not, why do you think that is the case?
  3. What can we as LGBTQ+ and allies do to create a world where there are no closets to come out of?

Bonus Resources: Check out “When Is National Coming Out Day 2023, and What Does It Mean for Members of the LGBTQ+ Community?’” from Parade by Kyle Gomez, and “Nat’l Coming Out Day presents unique challenges for communities of color” from The Washington Blade by Brandie Bland.