Facebook users can now select “Came Out” as a “Major Life Event” in honor of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.
Vice President of Facebook Tudor Havriliuc told NBC News the feature is meant to encourage people to share their coming out stories.
“For the LGBTQ community, Facebook is a way for you to come out, celebrate your pride and find support,” Havriliuc said. “Visibility is so important because it changes hearts and minds about being LGBTQ when friends and family see us living our true lives.”
Users can add the event by selecting “Life Event” on the composer section of their timeline. Then, users select “Family & Relationships” and from there can choose “Came Out” as a life event.