Ellen DeGeneres, Matt Bomer and Neil Patrick Harris lead messages of LGBT+ love and support on National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day

LGBT+ celebrities and allies are sending message of love and support to their queer fans in celebration of National Coming Out Day.

The annual day presents an opportunity to speak candidly about experiences of coming out, supporting and empowering others as they prepare to come out of the closet.

For The Boys in the Band star Matt Bomer, the day was doubly special as it was also his 43rd birthday.

“Today is National Coming Out Day AND my birthday! You can help me celebrate by by donating to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention organisation for LGBT+ young people,” Bomer wrote to his followers.

He accompanied his post with a video touting all the good work the Trevor Project does on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia De Rossi commemorated the day with a snapshot of the two of them cuddling in their kitchen.

“Happy National Coming Out Day! Here’s to celebrating coming out while we’re all staying in,” the daytime talk show host captioned the photo.

Twin sister pop duo Tegan and Sara took to Twitter to share a long message of support for those who might be struggling with their sexuality.

“If coming out for you feels hard because you aren’t sure, we encourage you to just be honest. There is no shame in admitting you’re still trying to figure it all out. For a lot of us, it’s those first ‘I think I might be gay’ conversations that helps us eventually find clarity,” they wrote in a thread.

“If you’re not ready to tell anyone, that’s OK too. If you’re still exploring and don’t want to come out today, don’t! Coming out looks and feels different for everyone. You just be you!”

Sex and the City‘s Cynthia Nixon gave a shout out to some of her favourite LGBT+ icons, listing Oscar Wilde, Eleanor Roosevelt and Virginia Woolf alongside her own “blushing” wife, Christine Marinoni.

Neil Patrick Harris and Wanda Sykes kept it simple:

And Randy Rainbow, MUNA, Clea DuVall and Adam Silvera all shared the love as well.

Even Bindi Irwin, daughter of late zookeeper Steve Irwin, shared a supportive message. The 22-year-old wildlife warrior was previously honoured as an LGBT+ ally after vocally backing marriage equality during Australia’s public vote in 2017.

“Sending virtual hugs to the LGBTQIA+ community on National Coming Out Day. You are so loved,” she wrote to her four million Instagram followers, alongside a photograph of a rainbow-coloured scarlet macaw.


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