'National Coming Out Day' supports LGBT youth

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Thursday is ‘National Coming Out Day’ and local leaders announced a new initiative to support LGBT+ area youth.

According to the human rights campaign, Thursday marks the 30th anniversary of the National March on Washington for lesbian and gay rights, which was the first observation of National Coming Out Day.
A press conference was held Thursday at UW-Eau Claire addressing recent accomplishments supporting area youth. Leaders also discussed the new initiative called "OkToBeYou.org”, a resource site launching later this month.

It will include additional resources and information for LGBT youth
"It will be about learning about supportive resources in our community, whether it be counseling services, support services, or educational resources, social groups to be a part of and get involved in the community,” said Joe Luginbill, Eau Claire School Board President.

A resource phone line is also being expanded to include the Chippewa Valley. 414-856-5428 is the Wisconsin help line now available to youth in the Chippewa Valley. The national crisis line is 866-488-7386.