There are currently four openly gay members of Congress, which is more than there ever has been. The group includes Democratic Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.), Barney Frank (Mass.), Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinAmerican women will decide who wins and loses in 2018 elections Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees 10 Senate Democrats are up for reelection in Trump country MORE (Wis.) and David Cicilline (R.I.). But McCook says it’s important to increase the visibility of gay people at the Capitol. He tells us his nonpartisan group wants to show that “there are gays and lesbians on the Hill and we’re able to have successful careers.”

A group of about 50 LGBT congressional staffers came together last week to pose for a photo on the east steps of the Capitol to promote the Oct. 11 event. Parades and rallies are planned around the world to observe the day.

“This is one day we’re just trying to encourage more people to come out,” explains McCook.

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