Largest Coming Out Campaign Ever
October 10, 2104 – Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) held its 13th annual National Coming Out Day School Awareness Campaign on Friday, October 10th – the largest yet. More than 65,000 students and educators at 61 Long Island schools participated by “coming out” in support of safe schools by wearing rainbow ribbon, “straight ally” stickers, and organizing educational and awareness activities in their schools.
The goal of LIGALY’s National Coming Out Day School Awareness Campaign is to create safer schools for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students. The campaign engages an entire school community to take a stand against anti-GLBT harassment and bullying by empowering GLBT and straight-ally youth to implement the campaign at their own schools across Long Island.
As a result, GLBT and straight ally youth create the change they want to see. Students engaged in a variety of activities such as bake sales, and distributed rainbow ribbons and Ally stickers that were provided by LIGALY. Throughout the day, students also took ‘selfie’ photos of themselves and NCOD decorations and posted them to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag “#LIGALYNCOD.”
LIGALY created its NCOD Campaign in 2002 to help and support GLBT youth to create safer schools and address bullying. LIGALY produces the entire campaign, including large posters, educational palm cards, 6,000 yards of rainbow ribbon, and youth organizing manuals.