National Coming Out Day is observed October 11 every year since 1988 when psychologist Robert Eichberg and activist Jean O’Leary founded it.
It’s a day to celebrate and promote the increased visibility of the LGBTQ community and was chosen to mark the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which drew half a million people to the nation’s capital.
Eichberg said in a 1993 interview.
“Most people think they don’t know anyone gay or lesbian, and in fact everybody does. It is imperative that we come out and let people know who we are and disabuse them of their fears and stereotypes.”