In case you missed it, today was “National Coming Out Day” in the U.S. In the general scheme of things, it probably isn’t particularly meaningful to anyone that isn’t highly concerned with gay rights, or is in fact homsexual. Yes, there probably was a fair amount of lampooning of the day on social media, but other than that, there are far too many other issues weighing on Americans right now to worry about this one.
And that brings up an interesting thing to consider - do we really need all of these “special interest awareness” days? This is something that has been brought up about various national holidays (are they really anything more than an excuse for governmental workers and banks to take a long weekend?), and some obviously commercialized ones (who else thinks it’s insane that a dozen roses costs roughly four times more in the second week of February, versus the second week in January?) So, there’s an obvious capitalistic reason for most holidays at least, and merchants have taken advantage of the various “banker’s holidays” to get more customers in their doors. But these awareness days are a different beast entirely.
Yes, there is much love for days devoted to the various ribbon campaigns - the consensus is that cancer is bad, and it’s always good to increase the public’s awareness about warning signs for diseases. Stopping the abuse of children obviously needs some public attention. Then there are the fun ones that leave us with freebies - who doesn’t like a day when we can get a free cup of coffee, or a free donut? But, the whole National Coming Out Day thing? Well, that’s a horse of a different color. The whole point of it is to foster an environment where people can talk frankly about what they do in the privacy of their own bedrooms. Why?