National Coming Out Day has a long history as a day of activism, awareness and celebration for LGBTQ+ people and communities worldwide.
First recognised in 1988, NCOD strives to create conversations which educate and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, achieved through the sharing of stories and showcasing the power of visibility. The day is an opportunity to stand up, speak out, and be proud.
Coming out is a top concern for LGBTQ+ young people (Childline 2020/21) – with many young people worried about how their friends and family may react, or young people who had come out feeling that they were not taken seriously, unsupported, or couldn’t be themselves. We know there is still work to be done.
For young people, supportive safe spaces are a critical lifeline. Through youth work, trusted adults provide valuable support and an ear to listen, accept and support LGBTQ+ young people.
To all LGBTQ+ young people – we support and celebrate you – not just today but every day.
It Gets Better UK
Proud Trust youth group finder
Coming out as LGBTQ+ advice for young people (Stonewall)
Coming out – (Childline)
Coming out as LGBTQ+ advice for adults (Stonewall)
LGBTIQ+ mental health (Mind)
Understanding and Supporting Trans Children and Youth People (UK Youth Event – Nov 9/10)