National Coming Out Day: Community members celebrate their Pride

The number of people who have come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender has risen in the last decade, but advocates say there is still work to be done when it comes to overcoming stigma. To talk about this, the president of our local PFLAG Chapter, Cindy Hill-Nobles, joins us via Zoom. PFLAG is an advocate and support system for LGBTQ+ people and their families.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day — a day for individuals in the LGBTQ+ community to share stories and celebrate their Pride.

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National Coming Out Day has been celebrated for 34 years now, and it’s an important reminder about just how far the queer community has come since earlier times. There was an entire generation of LGBTQ Americans who had to live inside the closet because of laws and discrimination.

While there are still battles that need to be fought every day so that each person in the LGBTQ+ community can have the same rights as everyone else, there is also a lot to be celebrated in 2022.

News4Jax spoke with Jacksonville Pride Festival attendees to hear their coming out stories. You can watch them below.

Today is National Coming Out Day, a day we celebrate and raise awareness for our LGBTQ+ community. Since 2012 the number of Americans who have come out has doubled. According to a recent Gallup Poll, more than 7% of Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. News4Jax spoke with members of our local LGBTQ+ community to hear their coming out stories.

News4JAX is proud to be an inclusive news station serving all residents, businesses and visitors in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

CW17 & WJXT are proud media sponsors of the 2022 River City Pride parade, festival (News4JAX)

About the Authors:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.

Jack is a Digital Content Editor with a degree in creative writing and French from Western Michigan University. He specializes in writing about movies, food and the latest TV shows.