National Coming Out Day Trivia Quiz: A Thing You Can Take If You Feel Ready

Wow, it’s National Coming Out Day, a monumental day for us all. If you already know a lot about the holiday and also coming out in general — great news, I made a quiz for you! Hot tip: if the question seems impossible, don’t give up, see if you can figure it out from the multiple choice answers available.

Coming Out Trivia

  • 2. Who is the artist behind this famous image, donated to the cause in 1987?

  • 9. Who is the woman pictured on this book, who in 1997 became the first straight spokesperson for National Coming Out Day?

  • 12. "Being Out Rocks" was a 2002 compilation album released for National Coming Out day by the Human Rights Campaign. All of the below songs appear on the album — which of them were NOT performed by a lesbian, bisexual or queer artist?

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Quiz Grade: B
    Score: 14
    Percentage: 82%

    I felt for sure KStew would generate more traffic than Ellen Page! But then I guess she never came out so much as slunk out with an implied f-u to the world.

  2. Quiz Grade: C
    Score: 12
    Percentage: 71%

    I think this is the highest score that I have ever received on an AS quiz.

  3. Quiz Grade: B
    Score: 14
    Percentage: 82%

    this is definitely the best i’ve ever done also my boss saw me taking it, so

  4. Thank to Riese for putting in so many context clues that I was able to get a nearly perfect score. The only ones I got wrong were, of course, the questions about articles on this very website that I absolutely 100% read, but just forgot about. I think recency bias kicked in that I picked Kstew over Ellen Page. That was a dumb mistake. I still remember the night of February 14, 2014 when I sat at my computer with two queer friends crying over that speech.

  5. Quiz Grade: A
    Score: 16
    Percentage: 94%


  6. Quiz Grade: A
    Score: 16
    Percentage: 94%

    I am so disappointed in myself for picking Melissa Etheridge over k.d. Lang. I know better! Melissa came out at a Clinton’s inauguration. I was 12.5 when Melissa came out and I remember that feeling.

  7. Landed myself a comfy 14 / 82%, and feeling proud of it!

    Question 12 was all too easy for me because I distinctly remember being *so disappointed* when I learned that Sarah McLachlan was not, in fact, a lesbian. Amazingly, it took me a bunch more years to come out to myself as queer…

  8. Quiz Grade: C
    Score: 13
    Percentage: 76%

    This is going to make me sound so lame but the reason I knew Melissa Etheridge came out at Bill Clinton’s inauguration was it’s this trivia fact on Music Choice!

    Also, I totally remember Cynthia Nixon being outed. There was this entertainment news show I used to watch that came on really early in the mornings on The CW and that’s where I saw it first.

  9. Quiz Grade: B
    Score: 14
    Percentage: 82%

    That Subaru coming out scenario is so 90s. I wish I’d thought of it.

  10. B. “Let’s set fire to our vulvas” just seemed so chill, didn’t even register as a fake theme for National Coming Out Day.

  11. Quiz Grade: E
    Score: 7
    Percentage: 41%
    I noticed only positive grades are getting posted in the comments, which made me wonder if there are others getting bad grades and just staying quiet about it. There were a couple I might have gotten right if I’d thought about them a little more. I only got a few right, but I learned some things from this, so yay!

  12. Was hoping to do a little better, but a C is solid.

    Thanks for coming out to take this test!
    Quiz Grade: C
    Score: 12
    Percentage: 71%

  13. Ahhhh…I was there for all of those 1990s historical questions. But I still only pulled off a “B”. And I like to be an “A”. C’est la guerre! Thanks, Riese, for doing this!

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