Krista McNallyOct 11, 2017, 5:33 pmOct 11, 2017, 5:49 pm

Thousands offer support to LGBT community

Long Island stands against injustice, recognizes National Coming Out Day

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Smithtown — Over 250,000 Long Islanders from businesses, schools, churches and synagogues, athletic leagues, government and others are participating to stand together in support of the LGBT community coming out for safe spaces.

According to the LGBT Network, 85 percent of LGBT students have reported verbal harassment in their schools, and two out of three LGBT employees have heard discriminatory comments

David Kilmnick, CEO of the LGBT Network says, "Take the pledge … that you are going to be part of a movement to create a safe space for LGBT folks and show support."

National Coming Out Day encourages communities to take a stand against injustices aimed towards the LGBT community. During the campaign, people are seen wearing pins to show their support for the LGBT community.

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