Michael Crawford

National Coming Out Day 2007

Filed By Michael Crawford | September 20, 2007 12:46 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Media, Politics
Tags: coming out of the closet, gay pride, gay rights, HRC

Any good gay knows that closets are for clothes and that no matter how well organized your closet may be, its not a place fit for you or any other person. That's why the folks at the Human Rights Campaign are ramping up its efforts to encourage LGBT people everywhere to be open and honest about who they are.

As part of National Coming Out Day 2007, HRC is asking LGBT people and our straight allies to post video comments on YouTube to this video telling what inspires you to live openly and honestly. We have seen over and over that telling our personal stories is the most powerful way to change hearts and minds and move us towards full equality for LGBT people.

Find out more information on coming out here.


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We really ought to do something on this site for National Coming Out day. I would suggest people write up coming out stories to post on that day (not, as the LA GLCC is asking for, the story, reduced to 250 words, but stories that are complex and diverse), but that seems a little cliche. Although I should really stop being so afraid of cliche; it's a too-easy criticism.

What do others think?

On this day, I think we should encourage people to come out at work. I only know a few people who are still in the closet with family/friends, but many who remain in the closet at work. I think we should encourage people to be authentic in their professional lives!

Although I thoroughly support the Human Rights Campaign in its current support of National Coming Out Day, I also think we should properly remember the history of NCOD --- and unless I am mistaken, I believe it was originated by David Goodstein, former publisher of The Advocate, and L.A. psychologist Robert Eichberg, PhD, as an adjunct to their efforts regarding The Advocate Experience. Two other notable founders of NCOD were Honey Ward and Lynn Shepodd, who were both also dedicated leaders in the Advocate Experience organization.

Honey can still be reached at www.TheExperience.org --- and, Alex, I think inviting her to write a guest post for TBP would be an excellent opportunity ... and not at all "cliche". (And if I've made any errors in the historical details of NCOD, Honey would be the perfect one to set the record straight correct!)

Although I thoroughly support the Human Rights Campaign in its current support of National Coming Out Day, I also think we should properly remember the history of NCOD --- and unless I am mistaken, I believe it was originated by David Goodstein, former publisher of The Advocate, and L.A. psychologist Robert Eichberg, PhD, as an adjunct to their efforts regarding The Advocate Experience. Two other notable founders of NCOD were Honey Ward and Lynn Shepodd, who were both also dedicated leaders in the Advocate Experience organization.

Honey can still be reached at www.TheExperience.org --- and, Alex, I think inviting her to write a guest post for TBP would be an excellent opportunity ... and not at all "cliche". (And if I've made any errors in the historical details of NCOD, Honey would be the perfect one to set the record straight correct!)

Ah, the AIDS quilt. I can't see it - even on here for a few seconds - without shedding a tear. I can't tell you how horrible and uplifting it was at the same time to make the panel for my loved one.