Homosexual Advocacy Group Cancels 'Coming Out' Day?

July 7, 2008 - 7:03 PM

(CNSNews.com) - The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation's largest homosexual activist groups, has canceled the media event that would have publicized Thursday's "National Coming Out Day" because it fell on the one-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

National Coming Out Day, itself, has not been canceled, however, according to David Smith, communications director for the Human Rights Campaign.

"The National Coming Out Day is a national event. It is commemorated in communities around the country, so National Coming Out Day will go forward and local communities will decide how to commemorate the day on their own," Smith said.

Instead of its original plans, the HRC is urging members to get involved in relief efforts for the families of the terrorist victims.

"National Coming Out Day provides an opportunity to show America that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are a part of the fabric of this country," said Candace Gingrich, manager of the National Coming Out Project.

Gingrich urged participants to remember "the fallen heroes and their families," and to "take pride in being out - whether you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, or just an American who truly believes in the shining ideal of equality and justice for all."