Today is “National Coming Out Day” and Adam Lambert has shown celebrity support by tweeting about gay rights this morning. He tweeted a message originally posted by the organization Friend Factor, saying “Wait…What?! My gay friends & I can be fired in 29 states #Just4BeingGay? Learn more: http://www.Friendfactor.org/WW #ncod plz RT.” By asking his more than 1.2 million followers to re-tweet it, Adam obviously has a huge reach with this message. In addition, he followed that tweet with, “This is one of the many reasons kids are being bullied: parents r setting examples of discrimination and inequality. Starts w the grown ups.”
Today is “National Coming Out Day,” which according to the Human Rights Campaign, marks the anniversary of October 11, 1987, in which half a million people participated in a March in Washington DC for Lesbian and Gay Rights. They state that:
“It was the second such demonstration in our nation’s capital and resulted in the founding of a number of LGBT organizations, including the National Latino/a Gay & Lesbian Organization (LLEGÃ“) and AT&T’s LGBT employee group, LEAGUE. The momentum continued four months after this extraordinary march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists from around the country gathered in Manassas, Va., about 25 miles outside Washington, D.C. Recognizing that the LGBT community often reacted defensively to anti-gay actions, they came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it.”
Another celebrity celebrating today is Ke$ha, one of Adam’s friends. Ke$ha joined forces with the Human Rights Campaign and created a special t-shirt for the occasion. The proceeds will go towards the HRC’s work to achieve equality for the LGBT community.
Friend Factor, who Adam re-tweeted, is an organization in which friends to come together to stand up for their gay friends’ rights. Earlier this year, Adam informed his fans about the organization via Twitter. His tweet had such a huge effect, Adam’s fans even crashed a Friend Factor event ticketing website. To learn more about Friend Factor and how you can help, visit their website.
Are you doing anything to promote National Coming Out Day? Have you re-tweeted Adam Lambert’s message?
Â© Renee Snyder 2011