By Sandee Sandhu
On October 11th, members of Student Allies for Equality (SAFE) commemorated National Coming Out Day by asking the Union community to anonymously submit their secrets – however light or serious – and place them into a box.
Historically speaking, National Coming Out Day acknowledges the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which is considered to be the first major LGBTQ political rally that took place in Washington, D.C.
Since then, organizations like Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educational Network (GLSEN) and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) have helped it become a national movement to recognize the LGBTQ community and come out in support.
President of SAFE Grace Delgado ‘13, was happily surprised with the success of the event and commented, “I really didn’t expect so many people to give secrets just because it’s such a personal thing.”
This event is one of many events that is LGBTQ rights-oriented.
The week of October 15th was the start of Ally Week. On Monday, there was a viewing of a transgender documentary called Uncle Bill is Becoming a Woman. The discussion that followed, led by anthropology professor Alvaro Jarrin, was insightful, with questions about various transgender issues – from the technicalities of passports to the emotional state of the individual.
A casual game night at Iris House will be held on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, there will be tabling in Reamer for LGBTQ support pledges and will be chain-linked together, representing a ring of support.
Thursday will feature a dinner and discussion at Beuth House with Annie Reily, an intern for Religious and Spiritual life on campus.
The week wraps up on Friday with National Spirit Day, where students will wear the color purple to show solidarity.