National Coming Out Day: October 11

Every year on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. On Oct. 11, 2015, we mark the 27th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, and A Wider Bridge highlight this special day with celebrating Jewish people who came out this year. Yeshar Koach!

Ran Danker: “I’m Bisexual” In a surprising new interview, Israeli sex symbol Ran Danker comes out as bisexual and reveals he’s been in a relationship with a man for the past three years. Read the story

MK Itzik Shmuli: “I’m Gay” Zionist Union MK Itzik Shmuli confirms: I’m gay. “The knife is being wielded at my community,” Shmuli wrote in a column he penned for ‘Yediot’. “We’ve kept silent. I’ve kept silent. No more.” Read the story

Tom Chai: “I’m Transgender” “I am no longer Mia. I never really was. And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom.” Read the story

Joel Grey: “I’m Gay” At 82, Jewish Broadway legend Joel Grey speaks openly about his sexuality for the first time. Read the story

Barrett Pall: “I’m Gay” Jewish model Barrett Pall writes a heartfelt letter to himself, accepting himself just the way he is: “This is who I am now. Free and happy. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Read the story 

Aviv Benedix: “I’m Gay” “My name is Aviv and I am an Israeli Tour Guide. And yes I am coming out of the closet, and yes I am afraid.” Read the story 

Ze’ev Nechama: “I’m Bisexual” lead singer of pop group “Ethnix”- one of the most successful pop groups in Israel- revealed in a recent interview with Channel 24 (The Music Channel) that he leads a bisexual life, permanently. Read the story 

Keren Neubach: “I’m Bisexual” Israel Broadcasting Authority journalist who works both on radio and TV, Keren Neubach, came out as bisexual in a post she wrote on Facebook following the stabbing attack during Jerusalem Pride parade. Read the story

Matan Hodorov: “I’m Gay” In an interview published today in Yedioth Ahronot, Israel’s Channel 10 News economic commentator comes out of the closet. Read the story

Yedidya Vital: “I’m Gay” Yedidia Vital, who was one of the most famous teen stars on Israeli TV, has now decided he doesn’t care what people think anymore, or what they’ll say. The star decided not to hide his love anymore, and came out, along with his supportive partner. Read the story