23 Best National Coming Out Day Memes & Tweets That Celebrate LGBTQ Identities
One of the best parts about National Coming Out Day is all of the amazing stories that emerge about how people came out — and the huge amount of love and encouragement for those who still don't feel quite ready. The day is not about forcing anyone out of the closet or making people feel like they should have done it already. It's more a reminder about why coming out is significant.
"LGBTQ people have to first identify themselves privately in a world that continues to tell them that people like them are not welcome, are not equal, and then eventually try to work up the courage to announce themselves as being different," Nate Warden, founder of Coming Out, an open source platform for sharing stories about coming out, tells Bustle. "Events like Coming Out Day and Pride are crucial in making this process easier because they are times when the LGBTQ community becomes visible — not just an idea, but a literally mass of people in the streets, or a collection of voices to be heard. We set an example for those who have yet to find and love themselves."
And that's exactly what all of the love pouring out on social media today shows. There are so many tweets and memes telling those who want to come out, or those who haven't come out yet, that there is a massive, warm community there to accept them. Nobody is saying that anyone has to come out today. What the holiday is about is showing people that, when you do, we'll be here.
It's lovely to see so many people stepping up to share their support. Allies, people who are coming out today, people who came out ages ago — they're all sending a positive message to other folks in the LGBTQ community. Here are the some great tweets and memes — but make sure that you have a tissue ready.
4An Important Point
This isn't a day about pressuring people to come out or shaming people who aren't able to — they deserve just as much love as everyone else.
13Some Ally Direction
Even if you're not surprised, it's a big deal for the person coming out to you. Give someone coming out the respect they deserve.
17What Coming Out Really Is
It's not just today. It's every day of your life — and we shouldn't forget that.
23This Harsh Reality
Here's why it's so, so important.
Coming out is never going to be the same experience for everyone. It's individual — and you shouldn't ever feel the need to do it before you're ready. But whenever that moment is, this is just some of the love that's waiting for you. There's a community of accepting, open-minded, and giving people on the other side. So whether you're using this day as a jumping off point to come out or you still don't feel ready, that's OK. One day, it'll happen. And we'll be here.