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NYC lawmakers pay tribute to National Coming Out Day

October 11, 2018 - 3:12 pm

By David Caplan

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- In honor of National Coming Out Day today, New York City-area lawmakers took to Twitter to express their support of the LGBTQ community and share their own personal stories.

National Coming Out Day "emphasizes the importance of coming out and creating a safe world in which LGBTQ people can live openly as their authentic selves," according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand echoed the aforementioned sentiment, tweeting, "On National Coming Out Day, we celebrate the bravery of all who have come out as LGBTQ, and those who are taking that courageous step today. I’m proud to fight alongside you all, today and always, to be a country where everyone can safely love who they love and be who they are."

Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted, "New York will always stand with the LGBTQ+ community, because we know that diversity is our strength and equality is what this state is all about. Happy #NationalComingOutDay from the home of pride!"

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, whose district includes parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, tweeted, "I believe in an America where we are all free to be who we are and love who we love. Our nation, and the world, is stronger for it. Happy #NationalComingOutDay."

Rep. Nydia Velazquez also took to Twitter, writing, "It's #NationalComingOutDay. Sending love to everyone taking this brave step today. To those who feel they can’t yet come out safely or they’re not ready, know that I have your back. You deserve to live authentically and without fear of judgement or discrimination. #loveislove."

At the local level, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is openly gay, tweeted, "When I came out 18 years ago I was supported by my friends and family. I was lucky. For many LGBTQ folks #NationalComingOutDay can be terrifying. To anyone who's struggling with their identity or coming out, know it is your identity and your choice and people are here for you."

And councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, also openly gay, tweeted a photo of himself as a child, writing, "I hated this shirt. It was too tight & it made my skin itch. Like what it feels like to be uncomfortable in your own skin & how I lived the first 19 years of my life until I came out of the closet in May 1989. It’s #nationalcomingoutday! Be who you are! Love how you want to love!"