So, what does October 11th mean to you? It has always had a positive meaning for me because it is my mother’s birthday. It also is a lovely time of year – Fall colors, football season, the crisp colors, Halloween and pumpkins. However, this day has a more significant meaning – it is National Coming Out Day (NCOD), founded in 1988 and signified a remembering of the march one year prior in Washington DC for LGBT civil rights. On this day we remember the civil rights journey that continues with many folks wearing movement symbols and colors – from purple to rainbow colors.
Even though I am working from home I am wearing purple (my favorite color) as an outward symbol and reminder of the journey with many victories and much work yet to do. My coming out process started in my early 30’s and is something I do frequently as I encounter new situations, new business partners and new friends. It is as much a part of me as any other element of my heritage, my story. My daughter also knows the significance of this day, because through her life she will be experiencing a different kind of coming out – telling new people in her life she has two moms. She has been doing that since she was in preschool and she says it doesn’t bother her, yet as a mom, I always worry.
So, as you go through your day today – take a moment to call someone in your life who is out – out about their LGBT journey, about their parent’s, their friend’s or their children’s journey. Tell them you support them, and ask them how they are doing. It is when we reach out and offer our hands and hearts that we move the human condition forward.