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Celebrate National Coming Out Day this year with a fun and informative program next Tuesday at Riverhead Free Library.

National Coming Out Day is observed every October 11 to raise awareness for the process of “coming out” — a phrase used to describe the self-disclosure of an LGBT person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Riverhead Anti-Bias Task Force and the LGBT Network, a Long Island-based advocacy group, are partnering to hold the program on Oct. 4.

The event will feature an exploration of the portrayal of the coming out process in pop culture, as well as support resources and discussions.

Participants will also be invited to craft rainbow ribbons to wear on National Coming Out Day.

“LGBT people have been put it – and locked in – closets for centuries… and continue to be, even in 2022,” said Robert Vitelli, LGBT Network chief operating officer. “The LGBT Network’s Coming Out Campaign helps LGBT people and their allies to #BeSeen, #BeHeard, and #Belong, because LGBT people are faced with the fears, challenges, and struggles to come out of these closets every single day of their lives.”

The event will begin 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Riverhead Free Library.

Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

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