State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today introduced a bill to designate October 11 as “Coming Out Day” in Ohio.
“By recognizing this day, the Ohio General Assembly can acknowledge that coming out is one of the most courageous steps any LGBTQ+ person can take,” said Rep. Boyd. “Our recognition of that courage helps counter bigotry, ignorance and fear, and is an integral part of our collective, continued progress towards full equality.”
National Coming Out Day is celebrated annually on October 11 to recognize the importance of “coming out” as LGBTQ+ to provide a source of community and strength for other LGBTQ+ individuals. In addition to normalizing LGBTQ+ identities, the day also seeks to combat discrimination and highlight civil rights infractions against the LGBTQ+ community.
“Coming Out Day has been a tradition in the community for years, and I'm thrilled that the Ohio Legislature is acknowledging it. For many, Coming Out Day was the first time they knew they were not alone, and that is life-changing,” said Marshall Troxell, Policy Coordinator for Equality Ohio.
Boyd’s announcement of her bill comes on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to cases of discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals.
In Ohio, there are no statewide anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents.