National Coming Out Day is this Thursday, October 11. BC’s GLC (GLBTQ Leadership Council) will be hosting a number of events on Thursday in conjunction with National Coming Out Week to celebrate the nationally-observed day, including a talk by Professor John McDargh of the theology department called “Be Well: Coming out; Owning One’s Unique Sexual Identity” and a “Guess Who’s Gay” panel event intended to shatter stereotypes. “Support Love” T-shirts will be sold at all the NCOW events.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, this year’s theme for National Coming out Day is “Come Out. Vote,” in light of the upcoming November elections. People are encouraged to lobby their elected officials to support LGBT equality.
National Coming Out Week was first celebrated in 1988 in honor of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The march resulted in the founding of many important LGBT organizations. BC has celebrated the week for the past 10 years. National Coming Out Day is intended to celebrate coming out as gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, or an ally. It has a secondary purpose of promoting government and public awareness regarding GLBTQ rights.
GLC could not be reached for comment on this week’s events.
Come out to one of the many National Coming Out Week events to show your support, or at the very least buy one of those cute “Support Love” T-shirts.