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Today, October 11, is the 30th anniversary National Coming Out Day — a now internationally observed day to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBTQ community and its achievements.

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day (NCOD) next Thursday, October 11, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization — is launching a powerful new digital campaign highlighting inspirational stories of celebrities and influencers who have come out over the past year, including singer Janelle Monáe, actress Josie Totah, soccer player Colin Martin, singer Kehlani, actress Tessa Thompson, musician Brendon Urie, model Reece King, and many more. NCOD is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of coming out and creating a safe world in which LGBTQ people can live openly as their authentic selves.

 

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Lambda Legal, on Friday, added its voice to the chorus of praise for AB 2119, which was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. His signing of the bill made California the first state in the union to explicitly guarantee gender-affirming health care for transgender youth in the state’s foster care system.

 

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The new model policy is an updated version of a policy NCTE and GLSEN released in 2013.

 

In our continuing efforts to make sure every school is a safe and inclusive environment for all students, the National Center for Transgender Equality and GLSEN have released a powerful new resource for educators, students, and families.

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Saturday night at the 22nd annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Dinner, the 47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden addressed thousands of HRC members and supporters from across the country and around the world at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

 

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