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Recognizing Courage on National Coming Out Day


For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) young people, coming out is an important process – one that can be scary, and one that takes courage.

In the spirit of inclusion, on October 11, people nationwide will celebrate loved ones and recognize the power of living openly During National Coming Out Day.

October 11 was chosen for NCOD because it’s the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. And while only 18 states participated in the first National Coming Out Day, this since 1990, it’s been observed in all 50 states, with seven other countries joining in.

At RSM, we encourage all of our 13,000+ employees nationwide and in Canada to bring their authentic selves to the workplace because we understand that by being our authentic selves, we build deeper relationships with one another. With deeper relationships comes better understanding, perspective and trust. And when we trust one another, we’re able to work more effectively and efficiently together to serve our middle market clients’ needs.

As the national leader of our Pride Employee Network group, I invite you to join us as we celebrate National Coming Out Day, and the differences that make each of us unique.

Joe Benfatti
National Leader, Pride Employee Network Group
RSM is committed to inclusion, and we value perspectives, journeys, milestones and progress that enrich us all. 




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