11 October 1987 saw the second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay rights. A whopping 500,000 marched, which generated huge momentum which lasted for about 4 months. This led to Psychologist, Author, and Gay Rights Leader Dr Robert Eichberg, along with American Lesbian and Gay Rights Activist Jean O’Leary, proposing the idea of creating a National day to celebrate coming out. The first National Coming Out Day was held in 1988 on the anniversary of this historic march, and by 1990 it was celebrated in all 50 American states. It has since been observed on 11 October each year, growing in popularity and participants, so much so that although originally a National day in America, it is now celebrated all around the World. It is a day to celebrate, and inspire others in coming out, and a day for awareness to support members of the LGBT+ community.

International Pronouns Day began in 2018, and takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of October each year, encouraging people to learn why pronouns matter. Referring to people by their correct pronouns is basic human dignity. Let’s all start introducing our names and our pronouns, and encourage others to share theirs too. Together we can normalise this practice.

LOCAL SUPPORT:

Outreach Cumbria: www.outreachcumbria.org.uk

PiNC: www.prideinnorthcumbria.org

OTHER SUPPORTIVE WEBSITES:

Galop: www.galop.org.uk

Stonewall: www.stonewall.org.uk

Switchboard: https://switchboard.lgbt/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT INTERNATIONAL PRONOUNS DAY VISIT:

https://pronounsday.org/