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More Americans Are Using Facebook to Come Out Each Year

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Last week marked National Coming Out Day and Spirit Day, two important annual events for the LGBT community. As part of the celebration, Facebook’s Research and Data Science division published a report revealing more Americans are choosing to come out on Facebook than ever before.

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According to Facebook’s blog post, not only has the number and rate of people choosing to come out on the social media website has shown steady growth, but support for LGBT groups has increased, as well. Interestingly, they also discovered landmark events, such as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, to have an effect on both occurrences. The number of people who chose to come out on that day was more than twice it was on National Coming Out Day in 2014, and 26 million users added a rainbow filter to their profile picture in support.

Support for LGBT fan pages has also risen by around 25% over the past year, and was shown to increase around the time of the ruling. More than 6 million Americans identify as LGBT on Facebook with 800,000 users coming out just this past year. The report suggests the number is most likely an underestimate, since Facebook measures the info by users who change their “interested in” status or specify a custom gender.

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Contact the author at marie.lodi@jezebel.com.

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The Gaysian

I would love to take this time to remind everyone to never pressure or force anyone to come out. People choose not to come out because they are at risk of losing friends, family, housing, employment, healthcare, and in quite a few cases (transgender people in particular) their physical safety.

It is important to let people come out on their own terms and if one should come out to you, make a safe space for that to happen. It is extremely disrespectful and in many cases dangerous to disclose that kind of information to everybody without prior consent.

If anyone needs it, here is the Trevor Project:

tel:+18664887386

The Trans Lifeline, which is staffed by trans people for trans people:

tel:+18775658860

We also have the Trans Housing Network, for those who want to provide a safe space for transgender people, and for transgender people with a housing crisis.

http://www.transhousingnetwork.com