Come out at work on National Coming Out Day
Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day – it started in the late 1980’s to raise up the lives of those who openly identified as LGBT and to give hope to people who hadn’t yet come out of the closet.
Despite the remarkable progress made by the LGBT community there are still no clear protections for workers, meaning it’s still risky for many to be out in the workplace. That’s why the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is so important to protect people in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA isn’t about special rights – it would protect non-LGBT people as well – it’s about leveling the playing field to ensure that applicants and employees are judged based on their qualifications and performance and not who they are, how they present themselves, or who they love.
On this National Coming Out Day, stand up for an America where everyone can be out at work without fear of losing their job because of who they are or whom they love – share the image below on your Facebook profile, and sign our petition to pass ENDA.
And, if it feels right and safe, be honest with your co-workers when having conversations in the workplace. The more people who have visible LGBT colleagues the more people will accept us as equals.