Coming out at SC4
The proverbial closet is going to be opened at SC4, thanks to the Gay-Straight Alliance.
The GSA is celebrating National Coming Out Day on Monday, October 11, with an event that is open to the public. The event, which will take place in the Memorial room of the Clara E Mackenzie building, will feature two “Q&A” panels; one from 10am-12pm and another from 4pm-6pm.
The panels will have a “varied array of people,” according to GSA Vice President Jonathan Lucas, 19. According to Lucas there will be roughly 5 or 6 people of various orientations on each panel, and according to Lucas representation of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
The panels will discuss gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual (GLBT) topics.
“Coming out day is a national holiday celebrating GLBT coming out” Lucas said. “It’s a day to be proud of coming out.”
“It’s Supposed to be Worldwide” added Chris Brennan, GSA founder at SC4. “It’s a day to see that the GLBT are just like everyone else,”
Coming Out Day is celebrated around the country, and in many other countries every year on October 11, since it began in 1988.
“Coming out was something that wasn’t highly valued, and was basically illegal until the 1960’s” said Brennan.
The Gay-Straight alliance, which currently has around 20 members, meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 3:00 pm in the Memorial Room of the CEM building, according to Lucas. All students are welcome to join.