Live and love loud.
October 11th is an important day in our society. Founded on October 11, 1988 and marking the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington, National Coming Out Day is a day to lift up and celebrate our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters. It is a day to celebrate the bravery of those who have chosen to face their fears, friends and family — to “come out” and show their loved ones who they truly are.
National Coming Out Day is also a day to stand in solidarity with those who may not be ready to come out.
No matter how you identify, everyone can observe National Coming Out Day. There are PRIDE rallies and walks you can attend, donate to LGBTQ+ charitable organizations like The Trevor Project…
But the most important way you can participate in National Coming Out Day is to be open: open your ears to someone who needs a sounding board, open your mind to new information, and open up your hearts to someone who needs to be loved.
The most important thing to remember is that this is a day of celebration. It is a marker of how far we have come as a society, and our ability as humans to love under any circumstance. It is also a day to remember that there is still a long way to go when it comes to human rights, gay rights and LGBT rights.
We should remember that there are people that fear coming out. We should also remember that there are people that give them reason to fear. To those who aren’t ready to come out, this is not a day for you to hang your head, this is a day for you to feel empowered by the experiences of those who came before you, and to demonstrate the love surrounding your community.
While we are celebrating those who have come out, we are also building up a community of love and support in hopes that one day no one is fearful of the love they have to give.
Here is a list of LGBTQ+ quotes for National Coming Out Day to help you proudly celebrate who you love!
1. Love is technicolor.
“When you reduce love to black and white you never see rainbows” —Unknown
2. Coming out takes strength.
“It takes some intelligence and insight to figure out you’re gay and then a tremendous amount of balls to live it and live it proudly.” —Jason Bateman
3. Love is never wrong.
“Don’t tell me it’s a sin to be in love with her instead of him” —Unknown
4. Love is the solution, not the problem.
“Love should never mean having to live in fear” —DaShanne Stokes
5. The act of loving isn’t an exclusive club.
“The power of love is that it sees all people” —DeShanne Stokes
6. Hate is inhumane.
“Either you are homophobic, or you are human- you cannot be both” —Abhijit Naskar
7. If it’s not right, its left. Love is never wrong.
“Being gay is like being left-handed. Some people are, most people aren’t, and nobody really knows why. Its not right or wrong it’s just the way things are” —Unknown
8. Love is an act of bravery.
“To be brave is to love unconditionally” —Unknown
9. We should all feel safe to love.
“All young people, regardless of orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” —Harvey Milk
10. You should not disapprove of something that cannot be changed.
“It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It’s like disapproving of rain.”—Francis Maude
11. Get out and be proud!
“If Harry Potter taught us anything it’s that no one should live in a closet.” —J.K. Rowling
12. Do something important today.
“Personally, coming out was one of the most important things I’ve ever done, lifting from my shoulders the millstone of lies that I hadn’t even realized I was carrying.” —Sir Ian McKellen
13. Orientation isn’t as important as happiness.
“If I could have chosen to be gay or straight, I think I would have simply chosen to be happy.” —Kevin Kidwell
14. Shut the door behind you.
“Love is too beautiful to be hidden in the closet” —Unknown
15. Love is always normal.
“The only queer people are those who don’t love anybody.” —Rita Mae Brown
16. Let the world know who you are.
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” —Harvey Fierstein
17. The way you live is more important than how you identify.
“Gender preference does not define you. Your spirit defines you.” —Awakened
18. Sometimes, things can be simple.
“Some people are gay. Get over it!” —Unknown
19. Love shines through the hate.
“In a world with so much hatred, everyone should be allowed to love. “—Unknown
20. What they think is an insult is really a celebration.
“The single best thing about coming out of the closet is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you’ve just told them.” —Rachel Maddow
21. So sparkle baby, shine!
“Being gay is like glitter, it never goes away.” —Lady Gaga
22. Calling all people.
“Race, gender, religion, sexuality, we are all people and that’s it. We’re all people. We’re all equal.” —Connor Franta
23. Gay rights are human rights.
“Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” —Hillary Clinton
24. Celebrate your example.
“Having to hide something like that just ruined me. It really, really killed me. I really honestly think that anybody who is openly gay and visible is powerful. It doesn’t matter what you do, you are impacting people.” —Portia De Rossi
25. You have a voice!
“Love yourself, whatever makes you different, and use it to make you stand out. Mine is my voice and the fact that I’m gay.” —Ross Matthews
26. You can accomplish being yourself.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
27. Be proud of your ability to love, not your ability to hate.
“Be careful who you hate. It could be someone you love.” —Unknown
28. To accept yourself is to know yourself.
“I didn’t realize who I was until I stopped being who I wasn’t.” —Unknown
29. It’s time to stand out.
“I am a Froot loop in a world of Cheerios. “—Unknown
30. LOVE IS LOVE!
“That nothing here is promised, not one day. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside. Now fill the world with music, love and pride.”— Lin Manuel Miranda