National coming out day began in 1988 and is celebrated every year on 11 October.
The day is a platform for the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate being out and proud, and also to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues.
LGBTQ+ coming out stories
We have compiled coming out stories from some of our LGBTQ+ leaders in the NHS. They specifically focus on coming out at work. We hope that they encourage and inspire LGBTQ+ staff across health and care to be able to be their authentic selves both in and outside of work.
How you can get involved
National coming out day is an opportunity to share your story to help create LGBTQ+ staff visibility in the health and care sector, provide insight into the experience for allies, and empower staff who might be thinking about whether to come out at work.
If you feel comfortable sharing your story about coming out at work in the health/care sector and are on Twitter, please tweet your story, use the hashtag #ComingOutDay and tag us at @NHSC_LGBTQ.
As well as your experience, it would be great to share what helped, or would have helped, make it a positive experience for you, to provide some food for thought for colleagues and other allies.
Let's celebrate Coming Out Day 2020 together!