This October 11 marks National Coming Out Day, and we’re spotlighting three brave individuals who are ready to come out in a very bold way in our Coming Out Loud campaign. Through their stories, we are looking not only to celebrate those that decide to come out, but to signal to the community that Egale is here to support those who need it, and to raise awareness around the difficulties of coming out.

Coming out to your loved ones isn’t a one-size-fits-all process; and choosing to remain in the closet for one’s safety does not make someone any less valid in the LGBTQI2S community. Everyone has a unique experience and set of circumstances that determine how they live as their authentic self.

Did you know?

  • Police-reported hate crimes targeting sexual orientation rose 16% in 2017 to 204 incidents, compared with 176 incidents in 2016 (Statistics Canada, 2017).
  • In 2018, although these numbers declined 15% to 173 incidents, compared to 2017, we know that LGBTQI2S hate crimes continue to often go unreported (Statistics Canada, 2018).
  • Hate crimes targeting sexual orientation populations were more likely to be violent than non-violent, according to data reported from 2010 to 2018 (Statistics Canada, 2018)
  • Crimes motivated by hatred of sexual orientation accounted for 10% of hate crimes (Statistics Canada, 2018)
  • LGBTQI2S people are 1.5x more likely to have depression and anxiety compared to heterosexual counterparts (Rainbow Health Ontario, 2012)

Coming Out & Allyship Resources

For Everyone


For Youth


For Parents/Guardians & Educators


For Seniors


For The Workplace

Questions about #ComingOutLoud or our resources? Email us at communications@egale.ca