LIers celebrate gay pride on National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day, when people are encouraged to open up about their sexual orientation, but for many, telling the truth about themselves

BRENTWOOD - Today is National Coming Out Day, when people are encouraged to open up about their sexual orientation, but for many, telling the truth about themselves can still be difficult.

Daniel Duffey, a student at Suffolk Community College, says he was bullied in high school for being gay until one day he had enough.

"I stood up in one of my classes and I said, 'I'm gay, and calling me a faggot is not going to hurt me anymore,'" he says.

In an effort to spread the message of acceptance, every year on Oct. 11, Duffey hands out rainbow ribbons to his classmates.

Meanwhile, Nassau's first Gay and Lesbian Community Center will open its doors Friday in Garden City.

David Kilmnick, the CEO of the organization L.I.G.A.L.Y., says progress has been made with the legalization of gay marriage in New York and the end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military. Still, he says there's a lot of work to be done in schools, where some gay teens are being driven to suicide.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The committee that oversees Nassau's bus system voted 1 Committee votes against NICE Bus service cuts
A public hearing will be held about the 2 Hempstead IDA announces public hearing on mall tax break
In this Feb. 20, 2012 photo, U.S. Sen. 3 Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95
Building condos on the Indian Hills Country Club 4 Residents debate Fort Salonga housing proposal
Daniel Flowers is described by his family as 5 Police search for suspect in deadly Hempstead shooting

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Need help this holiday season? We've got you Holiday Help Series

Need a gift idea? Perhaps you need a fun idea to do with the kids?

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE