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CWU Celebrates National Coming Out Day Oct. 7

(Ellensburg, Wash. - October 6, 2015) Central Washington University, CWU’s EQuAl (Equality through Queers & Allies) and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) are extending an invitation to participate in this year’s celebration of National Coming Out Day, Oct. 7. Every year on National Coming Out Day, the LGBTQIA+ community celebrates the act of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQI+) or as an ally. When people know someone who is GLBTQIA+, they are far more likely to support equality.

The local “Get Ready To Come Out!” event has multiple components throughout the day, including a workshop for documenting the “coming out” process, a group photo shoot of CWU faculty and staff wearing “Get Ready to Come Out” t-shirts as members of the LGBTQIA+ or allies, a sharing of stories, and the opportunity to learn about on and off-campus resources. All activities will take place on the CWU campus.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the CWU SURC Pit
Individuals will have the opportunity to get help workshopping their stories. Central Washington University faculty and staff will be available to assist others in crafting prose, poetry and short stories of their own coming out experiences, someone coming out to them, or what “coming out” means in today’s society.

4 p.m. in the Barge Courtyard
CWU faculty and staff participating in the “Get Ready to Come Out” t-shirt initiative will gather for group photo shoot. This opportunity to “come out” and be visible to students as either a part of the GLBTQIA+ community or as their Ally is also the beginning of an initiative to stop hostility against GLBTQIA+ students within the CWU community in classrooms and offices.

5 p.m.-8 p.m. in the CWU SURC Pit
Participants can share their story with others, listen to others share words of encouragement and strength, sign the “Coming Out” Door, and meet on and off campus GLBTQIA+ resource organizations including EQuAl, CDSJ, the Wellness Center, GLSEN, The Student Medical & Counseling Center and more.

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