National Coming Out Day also takes place in October. It is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) issues. It is observed by members of the LGBTQ communities and their supporters (often referred to as "allies") on October 11 every year.
As we begin October, and our celebration of LGBT History Month, the Student Life Multicultural Center will be presenting a series of films, panel discussions, and skill building workshops framed around the theme of “Telling Our Stories.”
For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (and those whose sexual or gender identity falls somewhere else along the spectrum) openness and authenticity has been an especially powerful tool in telling our stories -- both to others in the LGBT community and to allied audiences.
The programs and events planned for LGBTQ History Month, as well as the upcoming Transgender Awareness Week in November are framed to move us, to make us think, to make us remember, to make us reconsider our assumptions, to change our minds, to introduce us to people and places and communities we want to learn more about.