Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Celebrates National Coming Out Day
On Friday, October 10th, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) organized its largest National Coming Out Day awareness and visibility campaign ever.More than 65,000 students and educators “Came Out” for safer schools.
61 schools across Nassau and Suffolk counties implemented Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth’s (LIGALY’s) National Coming Out Day (NCOD) campaign. 15 out of the 61 schools were new to participating in the program and LIGALY led 19 trainings throughout Long Island to provide additional support.
The goal of LIGALY’s National Coming Out Day School Awareness Campaign is to create safer schools for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students. The campaign engages an entire school community to take a stand against anti-GLBT harassment and bullying by empowering GLBT and straight-ally youth to implement the campaign at their own schools across Long Island.
As a result, GLBT and straight ally youth create the change they want to see. Students engaged in a variety of activities to reach out to their school communities. Many schools held bake sales and distributed rainbow ribbons and Ally stickers, provided by LIGALY, throughout the day.
Some schools shared information on NCOD during their morning announcements, while others had students share their personal stories with their classmates.
The annual Campaign is led by LIGALY’s Safe Schools Team, a dynamic group of student activists that evaluate, direct, and implement programs and services to create safer and more supportive schools.