This week was ‘National Coming Out Day’, which saw thousands of people take to the social media site ‘Twitter’ to share their coming out experiences and celebrate LGBT+ visibility.
Among the tweets were celebrities, politicians and those simply searching for reassurance. The idea behind the internet trend was to tackle homophobia, which is often perpetuated by ignorance and silence.
— Embassy of Israel (@IsraelinUK) October 10, 2016
It's National Coming Out Day. If you're a chick who chooses chicks or a dude who digs dudes today's a swell day to let it be known. #allgood
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 12, 2016
In honour of National coming out day which is tomorrow I'm finally going tell my mum that I'm gay & I can't wait! pic.twitter.com/vLn52nJ27f
— . (@14whitedoves) October 10, 2016
According to the LGBT+ charity Stonewall, around one in six lesbian, gay and bi-sexual people have experienced homophobic or bi-phobic hate crime or incident over the last three years.
Zachary Franck, Transgender welfare officer on the LGBT+ Committee at the University of Sheffield, said: “ I think cyber bullying is a concern, obviously, but I think that because so many people are coming out now, it’s almost like anybody who comes out has a band of support behind them and I think that’s made it easier to come out now than ever before.”
Coming out via social media has provided people with a new platform where they can express their sexuality to the world, while simultaneously remaining anonymous behind their computer screens.