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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa LBGT Student Services Office presents No H8 (Hate) in the 808, a celebration in honor of National Coming Out Day on Thursday, October 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Campus Center.

The special event is in honor of tolerance and acceptance, and is aimed at highlighting Hawaiʻi’s support of ending bullying and building equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. More than 20 community organizations, churches, service agencies and advocacy groups will share their resources for creating a climate where LBGT youth are accorded dignity and respect for who they are.

The event includes an LGBT Community Resource Fair and the 8th Annual Amazing Ally T-shirt Day Give-away. T-shirts will be distributed to everyone who wants to “wear their support” for LGBT equality all day, all across campus. Visitors can also take part in the No H8 in the 808 video project and record a sound bite proclaiming their love for diversity and equality.

Governor Neil Abercrombie will address the public at 12:30 p.m. at Campus Center.

Community quilt project

A special highlight will be the making of a community quilt, where participants can decorate mural-like panels with messages of love for diversity and support for LBGT equality. The community quilt will be displayed on campus as a visible reminder of Hawaiʻi’s support for No H8 in the 808.

To prepare for the quilt-making activity, LBGT Student Services is asking for donations of old or new t-shirts to be dropped off at Mānoa’s Queen Liliuokalani Center for Student Services, room 211.

“The quilt-making symbolizes that, in spite of our many differences in Hawaiʻi, the fabric of diversity holds us together,” said LBGT Student Services Director Camaron Miyamoto.

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