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RamsPLUS celebrates National Coming Out Day with Multicultural Center

By Sophia Gravatt
On October 26, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro: From left, Teri Hughes, Briana Renteria, Mayra Cardenas and Kassidy Luevano, all sophomores, show their support and pride in University Center lobby. Along with rainbow-colored treats, there was a signature-filled door to symbolize "coming out day".

RamsPLUS partnered with the Multicultural Center and held an event for Coming Out Day and LGBT+ History Month on Tuesday, Oct. 16

The event had music, free food, such as rainbow cupcakes, rice krispies and frito pie and some activities for students. The students could choose a design and make their own buttons or they could decorate their own stickers.

"October is LGBTQ+ month, so we’re having a celebration and inclusion for all of our LGBTQ students and for those who want to learn what it’s about," student assistant for the Multicultural and Student Activities Program, Lizette Guerrero, said. "We want to educate the students who might have questions or need more information."

In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as "Coming out Day" (Oct. 11), occur that month.

Guerrero said they have a door on a mount that had a photo booth.

"The students go through the back and open it, kind of like coming out, and then we’ll take their picture," Guerrero said.

She said they can also sign the door and they also had polaroids if the students want to take pictures with their friends.

Many students attended the celebration and shared why they came.

"I came here to celebrate equality," freshman Kayla Subia said. "This is a really unique event and I’m glad they did it. I think it’s important everyone knows that they shouldn’t be afraid to be who they are."

Freshman Jaegen Bruton said he thinks it is really important to get the message out that it’s okay to be LGBTQ+.

Bruton said he liked the event.

"I think they did a great job with the posters. I did make a suggestion that maybe they could include more stuff about pronouns because not everyone goes by he or she," Bruton said.

Guerrero also said that there were informational posters that explained in more detail about the community, what the event was and who was involved.

She also said that the counseling center was there in case anyone had questions or needed more resources.

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