Facebook has released a “coming out” feature on Facebook for National Coming Out Day.
Users can choose “came out” as a “major life event” and tell their stories.
Facebook released a new feature that helps people come out to their friends and family on social media.
Now, in honor of National Coming Out Day on October 11, “coming out” with your sexual orientation or gender is a “major life event” Facebook users can add to their timeline.
If you want to use it, just create a post and specify that the post is a “Life Event.” Then go under the “Family and Relationships” category (or just “Relationships” if you’re on a phone) and select “Came out.” The feature includes the option to tell your coming out story and add photos.
Facebook also wants people to use the #ComingOutToShare hashtag to share their stories.
“For the LGBTQ community, Facebook is a way for you to come out, celebrate your pride and find support,” Tudor Havriliuc, a vice president at Facebook, told NBC News. “Visibility is so important because it changes hearts and minds about being LGBTQ when friends and family see us living our true lives.”
Havriliuc himself used the feature Thursday.
“Today is coming out day, a time to celebrate the pride of living my true self for over 20 years,” he wrote in his post. “This is also a day to remember the millions of people in the LGBTQ community around the world that are still afraid to come out and love openly because they fear their families, communities or governments.”
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