On 11 October we celebrated National Coming Out Day, a day to show support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer people in our lives.

This annual day recognises the challenge but also the power of coming out as a person identifying within the LGBTIQ+ community.

Coming Out Day has been observed for over 30 years and even now, in 2022 it is a matter of great importance. It is essential to continually normalise and create safety around coming out.

On this day, we are reminded that coming out is usually never a one-time task - it is ongoing. Many will come out countless times over their life. Equally, some will choose not to come out or to come out to only a few.

Most of all, Coming Out Day celebrates the power of proclaiming LGBTIQ+ identity.

It recognises that this pride is not only crucial for the safety and well-being of individuals but also engenders wider progress. When people know someone within the community, they are far more likely to advocate for equal rights and treatment.

This Coming Out Day, we remind our friends and loved ones in the LGBTIQ+ community that they are supported.