Friday, October 11, 2019

Unitarian Universalists celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person on October 11, National Coming Out Day

On October 11, 1987 more than half a million people flooded Washington, D.C., demanding civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans, now celebrated each year as National Coming Out Day. Many of the marchers objected to the government's response to the AIDS crisis, as well as the Supreme Court's 1986 decision to uphold sodomy laws in Bowers v. Hardwick.

The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was first displayed there, bringing national attention to the impact of AIDS on gay communities, a tapestry of nearly two thousand fabric panels each a tribute to the life of one who had been lost in the pandemic.

This information came from the This Week In Peace History web site which you can access by clicking here.

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