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National Coming Out Day is October 11, 2014

As many of us know, coming out is one of the most difficult and personal decisions a person can ever make—fraught for so many who fear not only discrimination, injustice, and violence from strangers, but that friends, family, and loved ones may turn their backs on them.

Last summer, when the U.S. Supreme Court announced the historic decisions in the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 cases, we saw Facebook go red in an incredible campaign of solidarity. One of the most powerful aspects of the campaign was the magnitude of support we all saw from the unexpected and unlikely. It underscored a groundswell we often don’t realize exists, and National Coming Out Day seems like a perfect time for a much-needed reminder.

This National Coming Out Day, celebrated on October 11th, we hope you will join us in a new kind of campaign to show those who are either coming out or are considering coming out the volume of support they have in each of us—whether you’re a member of the LGBT community or an ally. We are hoping you will begin taking part in the “Coming out? I’m cool with that” campaign by sharing the campaign and its images on your social networks.

Participating is easy:

  • Download our “Coming out? I’m cool with that” images—a timeline picture, profile picture, and cover picture—from our Facebook album. To do so, go to each image, click ‘Options’ in the lower right corner, then click ‘Download,’ and then save the image to your desktop.

  • After you’ve downloaded the images, change your Facebook profile image and cover image, and share the timeline image with one of the draft Facebook posts:

I’m changing my profile picture to show my support for family, friends, and anyone else considering coming out on National Coming Out Day October 11th. Coming Out? I’m #CoolWithThat. #NCOD

I want my friends and family to know that if any of you are considering coming out on National Coming Out Day I’m #CoolWithThat #NCOD

Let’s show support for anyone considering coming out. Let’s change our profile pics and cover images so anyone struggling with the decisions knows that you’re #CoolWithThat #NCOD

This National Coming Out Day, I’m letting the people in my life know if they want to come out, I’m #CoolWithThat #NCOD

Join me and let the people in your life know you’re #CoolWithThat if they decide to come out on National Coming Out Day #NCOD

  • Change your Twitter profile picture with the profile image, and use one of the below draft tweets:

Coming Out? I’m Cool With That. #CoolWithThat #NCOD

Join me and let the people in your life know you’re #CoolWithThat if they decide to come out on National Coming Out Day #NCOD

This National Coming Out Day, I’m letting the people in my life know if they want to come out, I’m #CoolWithThat #NCOD

I want my friends and family to know that if any of you are considering coming out on National Coming Out Day I’m #CoolWithThat #NCOD

This is a chance for you to identify yourself as someone of support and love for anyone in your life who wants to come out. It’s a chance for you to ease their concerns and fears by saying: “Coming out? I’m cool with that.”

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