Issue 31Out on LI
National Coming Out Day Recap
More Than 87,000 Come Out in One Day!
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Celebrates National Coming Out Day
On Friday, October 9th, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) organized its largest National Coming Out Day awareness and visibility campaign ever.More than 87,000 students and educators “Came Out” for safer schools.
83 schools across Long Island, and in Queens, implemented Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth’s (LIGALY’s) National Coming Out Day (NCOD) campaign. 21 out of the 83 schools, including 7 schools in Queens, were new to participating in the program and LIGALY led 22 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. The campaign engages an entire school community to take a stand against anti-LGBT harassment and bullying by empowering LGBT and straight-ally youth to implement the campaign at their own schools. As a result, LGBT 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.
For more information about LIGALY or Safe Schools Team, please visit lgbtnetwork.org.