CSU and Greater Cleveland LGBT Community Center partner together for national coming out day

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On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, the Greater Cleveland LGBT Community Center will be holding an event to celebrate National Coming Out Day in partnership with Cleveland State’s LGBTQ+ Student Services and MareyJorce Green Women Center.

The event will start at 5 p.m. and go on until 7 p.m. At this event, on-goers will find free food, fun activities, a photo booth, and much more.

Cleveland State Students who would like to attend this event will be provided with a ride-share option to the event and back, which will leave campus at 4:30 p.m. and arrive back to campus at 7:30 p.m. To secure a spot for transportation, you can register here

On October 11, 1987, 500,000+ people marched in the streets of Washington D.C for Lesbian and Gay rights- thus becoming the inspiration for what would later to known as National Coming Out Day. This march started a momentum that would continue for four months, during which many LGBTQ+ identifying persons would gather in Washington D.C and would come to create a day to celebrate coming out.

Rob Eichbery, the founder of The Experience, “a community-based workshop that encouraged people to reveal their homosexuality to family and friends,” and Jean O’Leary, founder of Lesbian Feminist Liberation, first proposed the idea of National Coming Out Day in 1988. 

Every year since then, National Coming Out Day has been celebrated on October 11 to honor LGBTQ+ individuals. 

Any  LGBTQ+ individuals and allies are welcome at this year’s National Coming Out Day event located at 6705 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102.

“The strongest tool in the human rights movement was to illustrate that most people already know and respect someone in the LGBTQ+ community, and NCOD helps these people come to light,” Eichbery said in a statement.