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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Today is National Coming Out Day

Here are a couple of videos to share from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation):

ABC Allies and Friends

TR Knight: National Coming Out Day PSA

Here are 10 ways to be a friend and ally -- From GLAAD
  1. Be a listener.
  2. Be open-minded.
  3. Be willing to talk.
  4. Be inclusive and invite LGBT friends to hang out with your friends and family.
  5. Don't assume that all your friends and co-workers are straight. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
  6. Homophobic comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
  7. Confront your own prejudices and homophobia, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
  8. Defend your LGBT friends against discrimination.
  9. Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.
  10. If you see LGBT people being misrepresented in the media, contact us at glaad.org.

Hat tip to Bob Cornwall

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