On October 11, Coming Out Day is celebrated, whose objective is to become aware of the rights of LGTBIQ+ people.
The day 11 de Octubre Is celebrated the International Coming Out Day (Coming Out Day) and involves raising awareness about people's human rights LGTBIQ +. Her initial idea is based on the spirit of feminist and LGBTI liberation.
The date was chosen October 11. because it is the anniversary of the March national of 1987 for the rights of lesbians and gays in Washington, DC, which was attended by more than 500.000 people, to ask before him Congress and the US government., equal rights. It started thanks to the activists of Robert Eichberg y Jean O'Leary.
Participants are encouraged on this day to use the symbols of the LGTBIQ+ pride, such as the pink triangle, the Greek letter lambda and the colors of the rainbow, to demonstrate their presence in all social instances, regardless of age or ethnic group to which one belongs, contributing to society being more open about the be different in daily life.
Where does the expression “coming out” come from?
The origin of the expression “come out” comes from the Anglo-Saxon translation “coming out of the closet"That derives from the expression"to have a skeleton in the closet”: having a skeleton in the closet, referring to having something that you do not want to make public out of shame. That is, it was considered something shameful to belong to the collective LGTBIQ +. To break this stigma and publicly declare homosexuality, the “Day to come out of the closet”, which is celebrated every October 11.
According to George Chauncey, professor of History of the Yale University, The expression "come out” does not appear in homosexual literature until 1960, and it does so as an evolution of the word “salir". "The 'coming out' of a gay man originally referred to his official presentation in large collective demonstrations, drag queen balls that were held in the United States, in the image and likeness of the great masked balls that were organized in New York, Chicago, New Orleans or Baltimore in the prewar period".