National Coming Out Day celebration to be held on October 11University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Oct 10, 2011
National Coming Out Day is Tuesday, October 11, and the UH Mānoa campus will celebrate it with “Up and Out,” the theme of the Sixth Annual Amazing Ally T-shirt Day and LGBT Community Resource Fair at the Campus Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hawai‘i Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz is scheduled to attend at noon, and will read a proclamation from the Governor’s Office.
There will be free T-shirts from the LGBT Student Services Office, while supplies last.
National Coming Out Day is a nationally observed civil awareness day for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender issues. It is observed by members of the LGBT communities, and is a day that people of all sexual orientations and gender expressions are encouraged to live openly and powerfully.
UH Mānoa strives to foster a community that is free from harassment, bullying and discrimination.
“Up and Out” is especially timely, given the state’s anti-bullying campaign announced earlier in the week, and President Obama’s recent signing of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a previous policy that had banned gay men and women from serving openly in the military.
Co-sponsors of “Up and Out” activities on campus are Church of the Crossroads, Citizens for Equal Rights, Equality Hawai‘i, Dignity Hawai‘i, GLBT Caucus, Happy Unicorn Sparkle Club, Life Foundation, Pride Alliance, Pride @ Work Hawai’i, PFLAG, UH Mānoa Counseling and Student Development.
For more information, contact LGBT Student Services Office coordinator Camaron Miyamoto at (808) 956-8059 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See the website at http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/lgbt.
To view a YouTube video of the Lt. Governor's anti-bullying message, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0HMeLxLGHg.
Photo caption: Hawai‘i Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz, accompanied by Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and LGBT Student Services Office coordinator Camaron Miyamoto, greets students at Campus Center, where he read a proclamation from the Governor’s Office in celebration of National Coming Out Day.