This year, National Coming Out Day takes on particular poignancy in light of a preponderance of anti-gay bullying incidents that have most recently led to suicide in the case of teenager Jamey Rodemeyer. According to some shocking 2009-2010 data from GLSEN, lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are at a four times higher risk for suicide than their straight peers.
What’s YOUR story?
We invite you to use the comments section below to share YOUR coming out story (or that of a loved one), advice and/or pearls of wisdom to celebrate strength in numbers, the importance of coming out and living openly and helping to pave the way for younger LGBT folks to live openly.
Looking for other ways to show your support? Get involved with the #CountMeOut grassroots social media campaign: Change your Facebook profile to indicate “out” or “ally” and send tweets that include #OUT and #CountMeOut.