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Largest Coming Out Campaign Breaks Records to Create Safe Spaces

The LGBT Network is excited to announce the record-breaking participation of schools and organizations in its 14th annual "National Coming Out Day Awareness Campaign," an effort that engages communities to take a stand against the bullying of LGBT youth.

Participation in this year's National Coming Out Day Campaign, which took place on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, was the largest ever, with participation from 100 schools and organizations. Over 100,000 students, faculty, and community leaders wore rainbow ribbons and/or "Ally" stickers to show support for LGBT youth and as a way of "coming out against bullying."

"We had a 20% increase in participation this year," says LGBT Network CEO David Kilmnick. "We thank the staff and youth at the 100 participating schools and organizations who are committed to stopping the bullying of LGBT youth."

"But this is more than just numbers," Kilmnick adds. "This is about impact and creating safe spaces for LGBT youth, as well as for youth with LGBT families.  This campaign gives the chance for people to visibly self-identify as an ally, and therefore, contribute to creating support while taking a stand against the bullying of LGBT youth."

The 2016 National Coming Out Day Awareness Campaign was made possible by generous contributions to the Back to School campaign, which raised over $30,000 this year in support of safer schools.

See the 2016 National Coming Out Day Video on the LGBT Network YouTube Channel

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