National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day is celebrating its 25th anniversary today.

In 1987, half a million people participated in a march on Washington for gay and lesbian rights, which also resulted in the founding of the organization, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender, better known as LGBT.

Every year, the Human Rights Campaign picks a theme to exemplify the spirit of National Coming Out Day. This year’s theme is “Coming Out Still Matters.”

One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian, according to the Human Rights Campaign. For transgender people, that number is one in 10.

Since its inception, National Coming Out Day has expanded to include all 50 states and foreign countries with the support of celebrities, volunteers and activists.

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Jonathan Menendez is a digital media entrepeneur/producer that focuses his work on the empowerment of marginalized communities through emergent media, specifically trans-queer people of color. His projects include the production of a documentary on gay Latino culture in L.A., the founding and creative development of xQsi Magazine and Qulture. He founded the Latin@ Queer Arts and Film Festival that is a collaboration with the LA LGBT Center. He has shared his work as a panelist at The Queer Media Conference, The People of Color Film Festival: FUSION and the the Queer Students of Color Conferences. He has worked as a consultant for AIDS Project Los Angeles/UCSF under the department of research with George Ayala to ensure a diverse sample of Latino recruits for a study. He just completed his graduate degree with an emphasis on Digital Art and New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz where he also served as a teaching assistant for two years.

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