The video features the Washington Renegades, North America's first LGBTQ+-inclusive men's rugby team, as they share the chosen family they have created as a team, and insights about coming out for the first time.
"National Coming Out Day exists to promote a safe, inclusive and loving world where LGBTQ+ people can live truthfully, openly and without fear," said Joni Madison, Human Rights Campaign Interim President. "Coming out is a journeya long, sometimes challenging, journey that requires a support system that enables you to live in your full truth. That is why family, including a chosen family, is so criticalfamily practices unconditional love and support, whether you're born into it or you find it for yourself. We need to remember that coming out is still so powerfulour stories, our identities and our experiences give us collective strength."
HRC first observed NCOD on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, 34 years ago. HRC asked supporters to record messages of support to LGBTQ+ youth who are in the process of coming outthousands of heartwarming messages were compiled into this audio quilt. Similar affirmations, regarding the coming out experience and celebrating NCOD, can be viewed here. For more information and resources on NCOD, visit HRC's Coming Out Center, which showcases various Coming Out Guides for the LGBTQ+ community.
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