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National Coming Out Day events set for Oct. 11 at UW-Eau Claire

October 1, 2012

NCOD2012EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's "get OUT!" event — a celebration of National Coming Out Day — will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 11 on the second-floor terrace of Davies Center (rain site: The Cabin of Davies Center). The event will feature music, hot chocolate, coming out stories and conversations.

The event will include performances by UW-Eau Claire musical groups Fifth Element, Audacious, Innocent Men, Impromptu and The Singing Statesmen. Information about campus and community resources will also be available.

"National Coming Out Day is an important day, because it allows us to pause and reflect on the importance of voices — those voices that have been able to come out from beneath the fear and oppression of discrimination, those voices that have yet to do so, and those voices that were never given the opportunity," said Christopher Jorgenson, Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center coordinator. "The act of coming out is an act steeped in trust and courage — the courage to actively acknowledge who you know yourself to be and the trust that those who hear your words will honor, respect and love you even more for having done so."

Established in 1988, National Coming Out Day is a civil awareness day for coming out and discussions about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. It is observed by members of the LGBTQ community, their friends and allies on Oct. 11 every year both nationally and abroad.

Attendees are encouraged to share their coming out stories. Those who share their stories will receive a free (N)EAU HATE! T-shirt. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Christopher Jorgenson at 715-836-2693 or jorgencj@uwec.edu.

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