Location: Atlantic City’s Steel Pier
Dateline: September 10, 2012
National Coming Out Day is being celebrated for the first time ever in Atlantic City on the world famous Steel Pier, Saturday, October 6, from 4–8pm. Admission is free and attendance is encouraged and appreciated by all in the GLBT community and their supporters.
2nd Level Productions is bringing this day to life. This organization’s statement includes: “2nd Level Productions is a movement. We are building and empowering the GLBT community. We are peer designed, creating social opportunities, diffusing safer sex messages, and facilitating personal and community development.”
National Coming Out Day is a day of strength and support. Throughout the nation, it is a festive celebration of love, self-acceptance and promotion of who we are.
The Atlantic City Coming Out party will include speakers, and information from supportive agencies and groups. And a good time is guaranteed all!
We are family. In many instances we are the only family we have left. We take this opportunity to remind you, we come from your families too. Rejected or accepted, we are from all walks of life, all economic levels, all races, religions and nations of the world. We’ve been here since time began, are here to stay, and, will be here when time morphs into that perfect eternity. In fact, our stay here makes yours far more comfortable. You enjoy our contributions daily.
The importance of our family being visible and supporting those ready to move into the spot light becomes increasingly important in this time of daily hate attacks. The closet door must remain wide open. Members of our community are often the victims of brutal attacks and the more we expose our beauty as fellow travelers on this planet, the more hatred we overcome.
Some like chocolate; some like vanilla; some like both. Point is: We like who we are and own the right to enjoy the flavor(s) we desire.
Outsiders, politicians, religious zealots, and our neighbors have turned being gay into something evil. Pity: We consider it something glorious, a special spark. It doesn’t come from Satan. It is a gift from God.
The way I figure it, you have two choices: Love us as we are, or leave us alone. But please, stop hating us, stop abusing our youth, and let’s get along. Those of you who hate have brought us suicide rates among our youth that are four times greater than their peers who identify as straight. That kind of makes you killers.
A brief history of National Coming Out Day
In the beginning, there was a march.
On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
It was the second such demonstration in our nation’s capital and resulted in the founding of a number of LGBT organizations, including the National Latino/a Gay & Lesbian Organization (LLEGÓ) and AT&T’s LGBT employee group, LEAGUE.
The momentum continued four months after this extraordinary march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists from around the country gathered in Manassas, Va., about 25 miles outside Washington, D.C. Recognizing that the LGBT community often reacted defensively to anti-gay actions, they came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it.
The originators of the idea were Rob Eichberg, a founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, then head of National Gay Rights Advocates. From this idea the National Coming Out Day was born.
To this day National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly.
For more information go to the Human Rights Campaign site, which supplied the above history:
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