"National Coming Out Day" button

"National Coming Out Day" button

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Description (Brief)
White square button with image of person coming out of a doorway designed by Keith Haring. Says "National Coming Out Day, October 11" in black writing.
From the first LGBT pride march in Austin, Texas, in June 1995. National Coming Out Day (NCOD) grew out of the 1987 March on Washington. NCOD was crafted by Rob Eichberg, founder of a personal growth workshop, and Jean O’Leary, then head of National Gay Rights Advocates. The event is commemorated each year on October 11 and aims to “continue to promote a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live truthfully and openly,” according the Human Rights Campaign website as of October 2016. The design of this button, drawn by artist Keith Haring, was adopted by NCOD in 1987.
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Object Name
LGBTQ button
LGBTQ t-shirt
date made
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 3.81 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Trey Durant
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National Museum of American History
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