October 11: National Coming Out Day

Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. A Wider Bridge admires the people who have come out this year and were featured on our website

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In July, Famous Israeli writer Daniella London-Dekel reveals in her latest column that she’s in love with a woman. “Homophobia is racism,” she writes. read the story

Also in July, six brave gay orthodox Jewish men agreed to come out publicly and share their stories in order to demonstrate young gay Jews that they are not alone. A Wider Bridge brings you the confessions in a six-part article. read the story

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In May, well-known professional basketball player from Israel Gili Mosinzon said he is bisexual in a Facebook post that he dedicated to the State of Israel on its Independence Day — a rare move in Israel sports. read the story

Jewish writer Tony Buchsbaum came out to his wife and kids at the age of 48 – but his family didn’t come to an end. It’s only grew. read the story

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In March this year, Second Wachowski filmmaker came out as transgender: Lilly Wachowski, 48, sibling of Lana, 50, came out in a statement to Windy City Times, an LGBT weekly in Chicago, after being threatened with outing by a journalist from a British outlet who knocked on her door Monday evening. read the story

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In February, Israeli actor Amit Reiss came out-again- on his Facebook page, following a list of six emerging out-LGBT actors to keep an eye on that featured him. Read the story

In January, CBS’ new entertainment chief Glenn Geller told reporters Tuesday that he wants to “normalize my diversity” as the network’s first openly gay president. Read the story