On Tuesday October 11th – people from all over the world celebrate International Coming Out Day, but in the UK the day often goes unmarked – but not this year!
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) will be celebrating International Coming Out Day and raising awareness of issues around coming out, by offering 24 hour support for those who are questioning their sexuality, thinking of coming out, or those who are out and proud and need to talk.
Lucy Rolfe, Wellbeing Co-ordinator at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation said: “The majority of our helpline calls are around coming out. For many it can be a life changing experience, and being able to talk openly and honestly in confidence about what is going on for you, can make the whole process much less daunting.”
“People can call us every day for support around the issues affecting them and the people they love, but this year we wanted to do something special to highlight that coming out is a big step, it’s different for everyone and there is support if you need it.”
The charity will have a team of trained staff and volunteers on hand with 24 hour online (www.lgf.org.uk) and helpline (0845 3 303030) support on Tuesday the 11th – from midnight on Monday till midnight on Tuesday. People can also drop in for face-to-face support at The LGF’s Community Resource Centre in Manchester between 8am and 10pm.
The LGF have been raising awareness of issues around coming out as lesbian, gay or bisexual on their website www.lgf.org.uk all week, and in their bi-monthly magazine outnorthwest.
The charity’s Outreach Team are out and about in Manchester’s Gay Village today, to raise awareness ahead of International Coming Out Day and the charity’s activities, and are encouraging people to come out all over again – this time out of a giant pink closet!