To this day National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly.
In 1983 ALL MY CHILDREN's Lynn Carson became the first openly gay character in daytime soap opera history.
On August 18 & 19, 1988, AS THE WORLD TURNS character Hank Elliot became the first male on daytime soaps to officially come out. He told Iva Snyder.
Here are three of the most memorable coming out stories in daytime soap opera history.
Billy Douglas - ONE LIFE TO LIVE - June 26, 1992 (Ryan Phillippe)
Bianca Montgomery - ALL MY CHILDREN - December 22 & 27, 2000 (Eden Riegel)
Luke Snyder - AS THE WORLD TURNS - May 9, 2006 (Van Hansis)
Which coming out story was your favorite?