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.