Celebrating National Coming Out Day with Wet for Her
National Coming Out Day, celebrated every year on October 11th, holds a special place in the hearts of LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies worldwide. At Wet for Her, we believe in celebrating love, identity, and authenticity, and this day provides the perfect opportunity to stand in solidarity with the queer community, fostering understanding, and raising awareness about the importance of coming out. In this blog, we'll explore ten meaningful ways to honor, celebrate, and raise visibility for National Coming Out Day. We'll also provide valuable resources and recommendations for LGBTQ+ individuals, ensuring they have the support and information they need to navigate their unique journeys.
Sharing Personal Stories: Coming out is a deeply personal experience, and it's often empowering to share your journey with others. On National Coming Out Day, consider using your platform to share your story. Sharing the challenges and triumphs you've faced can be incredibly inspiring to those who are still on their journey. You might also want to consider participating in campaigns like "QueerFaces," a social media initiative dedicated to sharing stories from the LGBTQ+ community.
Supportive Resources: Whether you're coming out or supporting someone who is, it's crucial to have access to supportive resources. The Trevor Project offers crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ+ youth, while PFLAG provides resources and support for parents, families, and allies.
Amplify Queer Voices: On this day, we must amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ artists, writers, and activists. Sharing and promoting their work not only celebrates their accomplishments but also helps educate others about the community's richness and diversity. Read books by queer authors, listen to queer musicians, and support queer-owned businesses like "Brown Boi Project" and "Babeland."
Educational Workshops: Knowledge is power, and there are numerous organizations that offer educational workshops to help you better understand the LGBTQ+ community. Check out GLAAD's resource page for guidance on terminology and respectful language, as well as workshops like "Safe Zone" that help create inclusive spaces.
Supportive Merchandise: Show your support by purchasing merchandise from organizations that donate proceeds to LGBTQ+ causes. Companies like "TomboyX" offer inclusive underwear, while "Flavnt Streetwear" donates to LGBTQ+ organizations with every sale.
Community Engagement: Engage with your local LGBTQ+ community by attending events, volunteering, or becoming a member of LGBTQ+ organizations like the "Human Rights Campaign." Your active involvement helps create a more inclusive and supportive environment for everyone.
Allyship: Allies play a crucial role in the coming-out process. If you're an ally, educate yourself on how to be a better supporter. "GLSEN" offers resources for educators and allies, and "Pride Parenting" helps parents understand and support their LGBTQ+ children.
Mental Health and Wellness: Coming out can be emotionally challenging, and it's important to prioritize mental health. Organizations like "Therapy for Black Girls" and "The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network" can help you find therapists who understand your unique needs.
Legal and Healthcare Resources: For many LGBTQ+ individuals, navigating legal and healthcare systems can be daunting. Lambda Legal provides legal guidance, and "GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality" offers resources for healthcare providers and patients alike.
Celebrate Queer Love and Pleasure: At Wet for Her, we celebrate love and pleasure in all its forms. Embrace your sexuality, explore your desires, and celebrate the beauty of queer intimacy. Our products are designed with the LGBTQ+ community in mind, providing pleasure and satisfaction for all identities and bodies.
We of course know coming out can be a huge shift for folks. We've included some of our best tips for coming out on your own time.
1. Self-Understanding is Key: Before coming out, take the time to understand and accept your own identity. Self-acceptance is a crucial foundation for a positive coming-out experience. Explore your feelings and learn about different LGBTQ+ identities to find the label that resonates with you.
2. Choose Your Own Timing: Coming out is a deeply personal process, and there's no right or wrong time to do it. Trust your instincts and choose a moment that feels right for you. Remember, you are in control of your narrative.
3. Create a Support System: Reach out to friends or chosen family who are LGBTQ+ or allies. Having a supportive network can provide emotional security during the coming-out process. Seek organizations like "The Trevor Project" for immediate support if needed.
4. Educate Loved Ones: Be prepared to educate your loved ones about your identity. Share resources with them, such as books, articles, or websites like "PFLAG's Guide to Being a Trans Ally" or "GLAAD's Tips for Allies of Transgender People."
5. Anticipate Reactions: People may react in various ways when you come out. Some will be supportive, while others may need time to adjust. Be patient with your loved ones, and allow them space to process their feelings.
6. Plan Your Conversation: If you're nervous about coming out, write down what you want to say. Be clear about your identity, your feelings, and what you need from your loved ones. Practice with a friend or in front of a mirror.
7. Emphasize Love and Connection: Make it clear that your identity doesn't change your love for your family and friends. Emphasize that you're sharing this part of yourself because you trust and love them.
8. Safety First: Always prioritize your safety. If you're concerned that coming out may lead to physical harm, discrimination, or being kicked out of your home, consider your options and reach out to local LGBTQ+ organizations for support.
9. Seek Professional Guidance: If you're facing challenges related to your coming-out process, consider seeking the guidance of a therapist or counselor who specializes in LGBTQ+ issues.
10. Know That You Are Not Alone: Remember that there is a vast and welcoming LGBTQ+ community out there. Seek out local LGBTQ+ support groups, online forums, and events to connect with people who understand your experiences.
The coming-out journey is unique for everyone. It's about asserting your truth and embracing your authentic self. Wet for Her stands with you throughout your journey, offering love, support, and pleasure for all.
National Coming Out Day is a reminder that love, authenticity, and acceptance should be celebrated every day. By sharing personal stories, supporting and amplifying queer voices, and educating ourselves and others, we can create a more inclusive world. Remember, Wet for Her is here to support you on your journey of self-discovery and pleasure. Let's continue to make the world a more accepting and loving place for all. ❤️
About the author:
Victory (they/them) is a Latine trans non-binary content creator, artist, social media advisor, and community healer. With several years of experience as a mentor and advocate for the queer community, Victory boasts a passion for sexual wellness, trauma-informed healing, social justice issues, and intersectional advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC community. In their spare time, Victory enjoys spending time outside in nature, DJ'ing, creating art, playing video games, and playing with hula hoops and fire. You can find and support their community work, art, and business at @flowingfrequency on Instagram and TikTok