Results for - October 11 was National Coming Out Day
2,145 voters participated in this survey
1. Today, June 11 is the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day. Thirty-one years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, National Coming Out Day was first observed as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10. Coming out - whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer - STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law, as now it becomes personal. Do you personally know someone who has come out as LGBTQ?
2. When celebrities, athletes or politicians publicly come out, sometimes putting their careers in jeopardy (unfortunately), it serves several purposes. If a young person is struggling with coming out to their family and friends, it gives them a public figure to look up to and encourages them to be honest with those close to them. Keeping a secret often does more harm than good, and National Coming Out Day encourages those struggling to finally be honest and open with their loved ones. It does not advocate for others to "out" anyone, as coming out must be done when the individual is ready, and not before that. Do you personally know someone who is struggling with coming out to their family and friends?
Yes, I know someone
I suspect someone is struggling with this
3. The LGBTQ community has made significant advances in equal rights in recent years. How many of these important milestones were you aware of?
June 28, 1969: The Stonewall riots spark the beginning of the LGBT movement.
1973: Homosexuality is no longer declared a mental illness -- the American Psychiatric Association's board of directors removed homosexuality from the official list of mental illnesses, known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a move that was upheld with a vote by the association's membership.
October, 2009: The Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act becomes a law.
January, 2015: President Obama acknowledges the LGTBQ community in the State of the Union address.
June, 2015: Sexual orientation is added to the military's anti-discrimination policy.
June 26, 2015: The Supreme Court finally and officially declared same-sex marriage a Constitutional right nationwide, meaning all states must allow Americans to get married, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.
July 23, 2015: The Equality Act is introduced.
November, 2018: LGBTQ candidates sweep the midterms
All of them
4. Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, is gaining a lot of support from voters and proving himself to be a totally different type of candidate. The South Bend, Indiana mayor, is both young, progressive and openly gay (he is married to his husband of one year, Chasten Glezman). If elected, he would be the youngest and the first openly gay American president. Would you love to see this happen?
It certainly would be a refreshing change
Yes, but I doubt the U.S. is ready for this
10/14/2019 Love & Relationships 2145 74 By: Harriet56