COLUMBUS – State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) recognizes Sunday, Oct. 11 as National Coming Out Day, an annual LGBTQ awareness day designated to celebrate and commend the bravery of all those who have come out as LGBTQ. This year’s observance comes at a time when many are worried about a changing U.S. Supreme Court and its impact on marriage equality and LGBTQ rights.
“On this National Coming out Day, let us be reminded that the LGBTQ+ community is OUR community. I introduced House Bill (HB) 363- to designate October 11th as ‘Coming out Day’ in the State of Ohio- because I believe we need to raise awareness and create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming for all people. I also believe that a Coming Out Day will further understanding and acceptance, and also celebrate this particular human right,” said Rep. Boyd. “At a time such as this, when many rights are once again under attack, including LGBTQ+ rights, by the Supreme Court, we must stand together and continue to fight for equality and to protect our freedoms. To quote Maya Angelou, ‘The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.’”
House Democrats have introduced several bills to honor and protect the LGBTQ community during the 133rd General Assembly:
- HB 369 (Skindell, Hillyer) Ohio Fairness Act, a bipartisan bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the laws that make discrimination illegal in Ohio;
- HB 363 (Boyd) to designate Oct. 11 as Coming Out Day in Ohio;
- HB 729 (Galonski) to designate June as Pride Month in Ohio
Additionally, House Democrats last year called out then-Speaker Larry Householder for not extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ House employees—the only state employees without explicit protections. House Democrats have made the same request of Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima).
2020 marks the 32nd anniversary of National Coming Out Day, which started during the 1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.