Dynamic programs to celebrate LGBT History Month/National Coming Out Week
To commemorate and celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) History Month and National Coming Out Week, the UW–Madison LGBT Campus Center and its campus partners are sponsoring speakers and events that celebrate the diverse lives and experiences of LGBT people. The week also serves to call attention to present-day struggles that “out” LGBT people face.
“National Coming Out Day is meant to celebrate and grow communities through celebrating the uniqueness of our own stories and finding common threads and connections,” says Gabe Javier, assistant dean of students and director of the LGBT Campus Center. “Another important message of the week is that living and talking about our ‘out’ identities can inspire others.
“Not all of our stories have happy endings, but what is important is that there are people who’ve been through those same tough times and we all have a hand in making things better. Remember, even LGBTQ Allies have coming out stories,” Javier says.
October is also celebrated as LGBT History Month, with a different LGBT icon being honored each day. LGBT History Month is coordinated nationally by the Equality Forum.