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HAPPY NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY!

HAPPY NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY!

COME OUT, COME OUT, Wherever you are…

Today, October 11, is the 29th annual National Coming Out Day in Canada and the United States.

First launched in 1988, the idea behind National Coming Out Day was to encourage greater visibility for the LGBT community. The idea being that it’s much harder to discriminate against LGBT folks if you know one personally.

It’s a concept that has made this country much safer for members of our community, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

According to Statistics Canada, 74% of hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation in 2009 were violent crimes. As a result, 63% of hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation resulted in physical injury to the victim—far more than any other identifiable group.

The numbers were even higher for trans youth, 74% of whom faced verbal harassment, and 37% of whom were physically harassed or assaulted for their gender.

Today’s the day to be out and proud!