[NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY]<br />
Yes, Coming Out Matters
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and I will have to out myself again and again as my circumstances, environment and the people in my life change.  The act of coming out encourages others to take pride in who they are and helps the majority understand that there are people in this country who are not protected by our laws. National Coming Out Day emphasizes the importance of visibility, and reassures people who identify as LGBT that we will not be silent and do not stand alone. This celebration isn’t just for LGBT individuals – it’s an opportunity for those who support the LGBT community to also “come out” and show they’re proud to be allies. The more visible we make ourselves, the more we’ll give others the confidence to come out as well.

Karess Taylor-Hughes is originally from Long Island New York. At the age of 24, she already has years of experience working in political campaigns. She was a field organizer for Equality Maryland and The Human Rights Campaign. Karess currently attends Columbia University, where she is pursuing her Masters degree in Sports Management. She will continue to make progress as she pushes to increase more advocacy work for underrepresented communities.