The social media platform Facebook has launched a new function letting members of the LGBTQ community mark and celebrate their coming out stories, NBC News reports.

 

Accordingly, Facebook users can now add "came out" as one of their life events on their profile.

 

The new function was launched by the social media giant in celebration of National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Oct. 11.

 

"For the LGBTQ community, Facebook is a way for you to come out, celebrate your pride and find support," Tudor Havriliuc, a vice president at Facebook, told NBC News.

 

"Visibility is so important because it changes hearts and minds about being LGBTQ when friends and family see us living our true lives."

 

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