Facebook has unveiled a new feature on National Coming Out Day that lets users commemorate when they came out with a life event.
Options include adding the specific date, photos, a location, and the individual’s coming out story.
“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.”
“We’re excited to give more people the opportunity to ‘come out’ on Facebook,” Havriliuc added. “For National Coming Out Day, we hope people will share their coming out story and use the hashtag #ComingOutToShare to follow along with the wider community.”
To use the new feature, users can go to make a post, select “Life Event,” then “Family & Relationships,” and finally “Came Out.”
National Coming Out Day was started in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary.