On October 11th we celebrate National Coming Out Day, it started as a way to remember the 1987 march on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. This march was aimed at outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation. More specifically, they focused on protections for LGBTQ+ people in the military, federal positions, and parental rights. Until recently, many of their demands remained unfulfilled. Military protections have been an evolving topic with “don’t ask, don’t tell” being repealed in 2010, but the ability for transgender individuals to serve in the military is being challenged in 2020. It was not until this year that protections for LGBT people in the workplace were passed federally. This day is also meant to empower and celebrate everyone who has come-out. They note that by coming-out and celebrating who you are helps put a person to these identities. We encourage you to further your knowledge through some of the amazing programs being hosted this month.
(submitted by the Diversity Committee, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services)