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 BaldwinFight over water bill heats up in Senate Overnight Finance: Funding bill expected tonight | Trump takes on Boeing | House rejects push for IRS impeachment vote | Dow hits new high Dems introduce ‘Buy America’ amendment to water bill 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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