LGBTQ+ community celebrates coming out day

Multicultural center invites students to celebrate all sexual orientations

By Eunice Tibay
On October 12, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Students support National Coming Out Day with free snacks and crafts. Every table was decorated with a card that explained what each color meant to the LGBTQ+ community.

The Multicultural Center & Student Activities Programs celebrated National Coming Out day Oct. 10 to empower the members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

"I think it’s a great moment to celebrate the diversity in the LGBT community," Lizette Guerrero, junior, said. "I think that it’s just really great that we’re able to host this LGBT event every year."

This is the fifth year the Multicultural Center has celebrated National Coming Out day in order to educate people, as well as to celebrate inclusiveness.

"It will help a lot of people feel more accepted," Nikki Roberts, freshman, said.

The process of coming out can be difficult for closeted members of the community.

"It’s a special celebration because coming out for LGBTQ individuals is a very hard process," Erika Baeza, Director of the Multicultural Center & Student Activities, said ."There’s a small percentage that are very fortunate because their families and friends are supportive, but there’s also those who don’t have that."

Coming out can also be celebrated by allies to show their support to the community and to show that they believe in equality and embrace diversity, Baeza said.

In addition to music and food, there was a door signing booth at the event that represented the metaphor of coming out.

"We have a door that is symbolic of coming out," Baeza said. "Students get to sign it or provide a positive message to the community."

The event encouraged students to accept themselves and others.

National Coming Out Day is celebrated every year on Oct. 11, the anniversary of the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights that happened 1987.

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