What is Coming Out Day?

National Coming Out Day is upon us on October, 11, 2020 and it got us asking where and when National Coming Out Day originated? We did some digging and here’s what we found out! 

Let’s take a trip and learn about our fabulously gay holiday!

National Coming Out Day was founded on October 11, 1988 by Robert Eichsberg and Jean O’Leary in celebration of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

Thousands of LGBTQIA+ community members since then meet on this date to celebrate furthered education, rallies and more! 

For the purposes of furthered visibility for our LGBTQIA+ community, National Coming Out Day is a wonderful day to show support and furthered equality for our community. 

Here are 3 ways you can celebrate the gay holiday with someone who has come out or been out:

Repost Supportive Content on Social Media

There’s so much awesomely supportive materials on Twitter, Facebook and IG for you to share and repost/retweet. Show your support for the community by turning the internet a bright rainbow for National Coming Out Day!

Create a Coming Out Video

Feel comfortable sharing your voice with your followers? Then, going live on Facebook and/or IGTV just to name a few may be the best route for you! Plus, don’t forget YouTube if that’s more your speed!

Send a Gift

Looking for a way to mark the special day, but live in a rural area such as Sioux Falls, SD? Here's what we recommend: consider a Coming Out Box filled with lots of LGBT pride gear like their identity flag, mug or tshirt. Most items can be found online. This route may require a bit of information on your end for their pronouns and sexual identity, but this is a perfect way to celebrate their unique identity!

In your area, local shops may stock specialty gifts such like the Coming Out Box (Full Circle Book Co-op in downtown Sioux Falls, SD) for example. 

Coming Out Box gift from Rainbow Rave Shop. Coming out box to celebrate National Coming Out Day link.


No matter how you celebrate National Coming Out Day, the biggest reason to celebrate is your wonderful self! 



Quinn (they/them) is co-founder of Rainbow Rave Shop along with their partner, Denise, based in Sioux Falls, SD. Proudly part of the community, Quinn has a passion for EDM music, glitter and proudly showing their identity. 


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