Celebrating National Coming Out Day
LGBTerriers share support, resources and fun
The college's nondiscrimination policy was one of the first things Brandon Molina, a first-year student from Clover, S.C., checked when he was considering Wofford College. He wanted to ensure that the college community would be welcoming so he could be himself.Now he's celebrating National Coming Out Day with friends, classmates and allies in his new role as vice president of LGBTerriers."LGBTerriers is all about creating a more inclusive culture at Wofford," says Molina. "We plan events, raise awareness for gay rights and celebrate who we are."LGBTerriers president Bethany Moore, a senior Spanish major from Augusta, Ga., has been involved with the group, originally called Spectrum, since her first year."Celebrating National Coming Out Day is important because it's a way of sharing support and resources, both for LGBT individuals as well as allies," she says. "But it's not just about activism; National Coming Out Day is also about fun."Nadia Glover, a resident director, worked with students to make the National Coming Out Day meaningful and fun, sharing coffee, cupcakes and Krispy Kreme doughnuts with students. There were rainbow-colored balloons, beads and flags as well as upbeat music and conversation. The invitation to the event was inclusive, welcoming the entire campus community to celebrate and commend the bravery of "all who have come out as LGBTQIA or as an ally."National Coming Out Day is celebrated annually on Oct. 11. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the day recognizing people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer and their allies. The day provides a forum to consider the issues facing the LBGTQIA community and offers a reminder of the power of coming out.