And while being our authentic selves should be something we feel we can do every day, not everyone feels safe enough to be honest about who they are. Yet.
So let's consider what each of us can do to make our circles - our friends, the other people in our schools and neighborhoods and lives - know that we are safe people.
Let's stand up as allies - for ourselves and for everyone different from us, too!
As the Human Rights Campaign puts it at the top of their Coming Out Resources webpage,
Whether you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or an ally, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBT equality this Coming Out Day!
And I'd add to that - "and every day!"
So this week, as an individual or with your GSA, take some action to let others know you're an LGBTQ ally.
And if you are part of the LGBTQ rainbow, if you do feel safe, be OUT and AUTHENTIC about who you are. It will transform your life for the better, and it will transform our world as well.
As Harvey Milk said so eloquently,