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National Coming Out Day: North Texas events

Today is National Coming Out Day, and a number of local campus organizations are having events, including UT Dallas, University of North Texas, and UT Arlington.

A little history of National Coming Out Day: On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was the second such demonstration in our nation’s capital and resulted in the founding of a number of LGBT organizations, including the National Latino/a Gay & Lesbian Organization (LLEGÓ) and AT&T’s LGBT employee group, LEAGUE.  The momentum continued four months after this extraordinary march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists from around the country gathered in Manassas, VA, about 25 miles outside Washington, DC. Recognizing that the LGBT community often reacted defensively to anti-gay actions, they came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it. The originators of the idea were Rob Eichberg, a founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, then head of National Gay Rights Advocates. From this idea the National Coming Out Day was born.  To this day National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly. You can learn more at:

Here are some Texas events being held today:

UT Dallas
Join us on October 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Student Union Plinth to observe National Coming Out Day. National Coming Out Day is observed internationally as an awareness day to encourages the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community to live powerfully by being open about their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. We invite UT Dallas students, staff and faculty to Come Out! Learn more at:

University of North Texas
The University of North Texas will present an evening with bestselling author E. Lynn Harris at 7 p.m. October 11 in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located at Interstate Highway 35 at North Texas Boulevard.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by spoken word artists Trinidad.  The event, "Achieving One's Dreams," includes dialogue and a book signing with Harris and Trinidad immediately following the program.  Sponsored by the UNT Division of Equity and Diversity, the event is held in celebration of National Coming Out Day, which celebrates gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in America. Learn more at:

UT Arlington
National Coming Out Day Pink Door hosted by the LGBTQA Program, Library Mall, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. Learn more at:">