Today marks the 23rd anniversary of National Coming Out Day, an international holiday and civil awareness day bringing attention to the LGBT community and the public act of identifying sexual orientation. October 11th was chosen because it is the anniversary of the 1987 Second National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights where over 200,000 people gathered to demand basic human rights for the queer community.
While "The Great March" aided in sparking international conversation about the rights of gays in America we still have a log way to go. Basic Rights Oregon (BRO), an advocacy organization who works on ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, has added a racial lens to the LGBT framework because in addition to being denied basic human rights queer communities of color in America struggle with fierce discrimination, policies that do not reflect the needs of their families, and with not seeing themselves reflected positively (or at all) in mainstream media.
Which is why we are proud to help reveal the Our Families campaign initiated by BRO. The Our Families campaign is a community-based education project that raises the visibility, experiences and public support of LGBT families of color within predominately straight communities of color. As a part of this campaign they highlighted the unique experiences of Asian, African-American, and Latino queer families in Oregon.
Please take a moment to view, support and share these videos with your networks. What better day than National Coming Out Day to spark discussion about the distinct experiences of queer families of color.