Fire Service celebrates National Coming Out Day
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating National Coming Out Day this Sunday (11 October) and staff in the Service’s LGBTQ+ Support Network, BEING, have been sharing their stories of coming out.
What is National Coming Out Day?
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBTQ+ awareness day observed on 11 October, to support those of all sexual orientations and gender identities in "coming out of the closet".
First celebrated in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation of the spirit of the person and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly LGBTQ+ person.
The foundational belief is that discrimination thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance and that once people know that they have loved ones who are LGBTQ+, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views.
BEING is one of many staff support groups in Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and supports employees through peer support, mentoring and social networking to help create an LGBTQ+ friendly working environment.
It also aims to increase an understanding of LGBTQ+ issues within ECFRS, raise awareness of LGBTQ+ events and visibly show support to all members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer and celebrates the diversity of its staff. If you would like to join Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk
Page last updated 9 October, 2020