Celebrate the 28th annual National Coming Out Day, Tuesday, Oct. 11, with Metropolitan State University’s Lavender Bridge LGBTQ student organization, Student Senate, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office, and the Student Life & Leadership Development office.
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an awareness day observed annually by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. In the LGBTQ community, “coming out” means voluntarily disclosing one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity to family, friends, co-workers, classmates, etc., in order to live life openly and freely.
Metropolitan State is deeply committed to fostering a learning and working environment in which all students and employees are respected, valued, and have equal opportunity to succeed. Co-sponsored by Metropolitan State’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office, this year’s NCOD observance at Metropolitan State will bring our LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and allies together to:
- Provide a safe space, support, and validation to individuals who choose to come out.
- Offer information, guidance, and listening ears to those who are hesitant and/or questioning.
- Cultivate campus-wide solidarity by educating the Metro community about the many challenges LGBTQ individuals face.
The following NCOD events will be hosted on the Saint Paul Campus:
LGBTQ & Ally Resource Table — 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Student Center, 1st floor foyer. Learn about LGBTQ resources; join our Lavender Bridge LGBTQ student organization; and find out what it means to come out as a straight ally. LGBTQ Community members and allies who wish to volunteer at the table may sign-up at: https://orgsync.com/43185/forms/223743.
Meet and Greet Reception — 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Student Center, multipurpose room 101. Mingle with LGBTQ community members and representatives from local organizations that serve the LGBTQ population in the Twin Cities. This reception immediately precedes the “Iridescent Inspirations” open mic event. RSVP at: https://orgsync.com/43185/events/1643698/occurrences/3820148.
“Iridescent Inspirations” — 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Student Center, Multipurpose Room 101. Listen to personal coming Out stories and artistic expressions by Metropolitan State students, faculty, staff and allies. Featured speaker is Roxx Anderson, a highly respected member of the transgender and gender non-conforming community. Roxx is co-owner of Cafe Southside and operates the Shot Clinic, Minnesota Trans Health Coalition, and Rare Productions. Roxx holds the history of LGBTQ communities of color and the current pulse of the communities in their memory and experience. Roxx also mentors many Metro State transgender and gender non-conforming students to provide additional support in their journey. RSVP at: https://orgsync.com/43185/events/1643698/occurrences/3820148.
If you’re willing to share your Coming Out story or a creative representation of your story (poetry, artwork, photography, etc.) during the “Iridescent Inspirations” event, e-mail Alysia Lajune (Alysia.Lajune@metrostate.edu) no later than noon, Oct. 10. Event organizers are seeking faculty and staff to speak during the event, as well as for creative expressions to display in the room and on screen, so those who cannot attend may still be able to shar their stories.