14 Celebs Talk About What Surprised Them Most About Coming Out And How To Be An Effective LGBT Ally

Coming out is just the beginning

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, and what better way to celebrate our society's ongoing evolution toward being an open, safe space for all people, rather than just those traditionally in power, than by hearing from 14 LGBTQIA activists about what it was like to come out, how everyone can be a better ally, and the importance of staying outspoken about the developing state of the LGBTQIA community?

Earlier this year, NYLON spoke with a variety of well-known LGBTQIA advocates about the significance of being outspoken, of being "fearless in what you say and, in turn, what you do." Here then, we revisit their powerful words, feeling confident that their voices will resonate far and wide and inspire us all to be as brave and honest in the ways in which we live our lives as they are in the ways they live theirs.