Oct. 5, 2007
By George Mauzy
The 2007 Ohio University OUT Week theme -- "Come OUT! Get OUT! Stay OUT!" -- leaves no doubt about the goal of the week.
"We want to encourage LGBT students to come out and embrace who they are and begin to enjoy their lifestyle in public," said Kate Sayre, a junior organizational communication major. Sayre is female co-chair of Open Doors, the student organization that coordinates the week.
OUT Week takes place Oct. 7-14 and is an annual celebration scheduled around National Coming OUT Day on Oct. 11. October also is LGBT History Month. The goal of the local observance is to create awareness and promote diversity on campus.
"I love the week's theme because it makes people think and has a twist," said Mickey Hart, director of the LGBT Center. "Studies show that when people come out about their sexuality, it helps people's understanding."
Some of the highlight events include:
- Joe Bertolino and Bil Leipold's presentation of "When the Gays Move into Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Baker University Center 242. The couple will take a humorous look at the challenge of living in a heterosexual world.
- Author Robyn Ochs will deliver the OUT Week keynote address at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Baker University Center Theatre. Her lecture will address gay marriage and diversity. The LGBT Book Club is reading her book "Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World" this quarter and will discuss it on Oct. 21.
- The OUT Week rally will take place at noon Friday, Oct. 12, at the Scripps Amphitheater. Students will celebrate being OUT at Ohio University.
- The Open Doors Dance Party will be held at the Blue Gator on Court Street at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
- The week will be capped off with a CookOUT at Strouds Run State Park from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The picnic is a chance for students to wind down from the busy week and enjoy free food.
"Overall, I am looking forward to celebrating all week," Sayre said. "These events are for everyone, whether they are gay or straight. We are always looking for allies."
For a full list of events, visit the Open Doors Web site at www.ohiou.edu/~opendoor/.