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National Coming Out Day is Oct. 11

The Ohio University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community is celebrating LGBT History Month with a week of events to celebrate National Coming Out Day.

Ohio University will kick off the occasion with National Coming Out Day SpeakOUt, on Friday, Oct. 11 in the Scripps Amphitheater from 11 a.m. to noon. Students, faculty, staff and community members will be out sharing their personal stories and interacting with fellow community members.  

National Coming Out Day began on Oct. 11, 1987, when nearly half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights. National Coming Out Day celebrates the anniversary of this day, as well as a safe and understanding world for people of the LGBT community.

"For many years, LGBT students have been forced to be silent. We believe that members of the LGBT community deserve to celebrate who they are, "said Sarah Jenkins, program coordinator for the Ohio University LGBT Center.

There will be a Dine and Discuss: Coming Out Day event from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in The Women's Center (Baker University Center, 403). A free lunch will be provided, and a discussion of the importance of coming out will be lead By Sandra Anderson, chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, and Elyzabeth Holfer, executive director of Equality Ohio.

The LGBT Center will finish out National Coming Out Day with banner making and decorating for Homecoming at 7 p.m. at 220 West State Street, all students interested in helping are welcome.

The week after National Coming Out Day will include more celebratory events, including Queer Hollywood, a self-defense workshop and an Athens Ohio Area Drag Race Competition. All students and community members are welcome at all events.

For more information on these upcoming events, please visit www.ohio.edu/lgbt.