Bronx, NY – On Wednesday, October 11th, 2023, Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson joined the Bronx LGBTQIA+ Task Force, Destination Tomorrow, the NYC Commission on Human Rights, the NYC Commission on Gender Equity, and other allies in celebration of October 11th as National Coming Out Day in the Bronx during LGBTQIA+ History Month. Founded on October 11th by Robert Eichsberg and Jean O’Leary to mark the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, organizers gathered at two locations beginning at 161st Street and River Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and at 3rd Avenue and East Tremont from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to distribute flyers and resources for the Bronx`s LGBTQIA+ community.

“This National Coming Out Day is about visibility and acceptance,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “We are uplifting the voices of those within our LGBTQIA+ community and letting our residents know that we will not tolerate bigotry or hatred of any kind. Our borough will always be a safe space for everyone, regardless of their gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, or whom they choose to love. I want to thank the members of our LGBTQIA+ Task Force and partner organizations for coordinating today`s outreach and for their commitment to ensuring our most vulnerable residents receive the resources and support to live as their true authentic selves.”