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National Coming Out Day
National Coming Out Day: Wednesday, October 11th

Pride in The Pit

Join us as we celebrate National Coming Out Day with our traditional rainbow cake, photos with the pride flags, and testing our knowledge as allies across identities!

10:00am - 2:00pm in The Pit

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"The History of Coming Out": A Talk by Dr. Terri L. Phoenix

Dr. Terri Phoenix will give a one-hour talk on the history of national coming out day grounded in T’s lived experience and research of the event commemorated annually on October 11th. Learn about the political and historical importance of coming out as an individual practice and as a central part of the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States in the late 20th century. 

Terri has been published in the Therapeutic Recreation Journal, in Parks & Recreation, and T’s dissertation research examined heteronormative discourse in recreation and leisure settings.

Dr. Terri Phoenix serves as the director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. T has served on the Executive Board for the Consortium of Higher Education Resource Professionals, the Transgender Advisory Board to the NC ACLU, and on the UNC-CH Provost’s Committee on LGBTQ Life. Terri recently was recognized with the UNC-Chapel Hill Staff Diversity Award (2016) and the University Award for the Advancement of Women (2015). T has given numerous invited and peer-reviewed presentations on inclusive practices at local, regional, and national conferences.

Can't make it to the Union? Watch LIVE on our Facebook page!

3:00pm-4:00pm in Frank Porter Graham Student Union Room 3203

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Parking at FPG Student Union

Metered Parking can be found in and around South Road, Raleigh Street, and Country Club on UNC Campus.

Digital Meter Stations can be activated weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and accept quarters  or debit/credit cards. The maximum time allowed for metered parking ranges from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Metered spaces may be restricted during event operations.

The Raleigh Road Visitor Lot (727 Raleigh Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514) accommodates UNC visitors attending functions on the eastern and mid-sections of campus. Visitors or hourly parkers without reservations through a department can park paying the hourly rates when lot is not reserved for department or University events.

Ram’s Head Parking Deck (33 Ridge Rd Rams Head Parking Deck, Chapel Hill, NC 27514) offers 24-hour for pay parking near the UNC Football Stadium, Alumni Center and the UNC Baseball Stadium.


#TarHeelsComingOut Media Takeover & Open Mic Social

What does Coming Out mean to you? Share your experiences of Coming Out as part of the diverse LGBTIQA+, Two-Spirit, Same Gender Loving, Pansexual, Asexual community (or times you have chosen not to) along with a photo, and be featured on our instagram page!

Are you a poet, writer, musician, singer, or have another form of creative expression?  Submit a description and transcript of the work you'd like to share and you may be among the performers at our NCOD #TarHeelsComingOut social! 

We invite everyone in our campus community who identifies as part of the diverse LGBTIQA+, Two-Spirit, Same Gender Loving, Pansexual, Asexual community, and their queer-affirming loved ones, to join us for a low-key social with free pizza. Enjoy the musings of our fearless performers (and a sweet playlist), hang out in the audience, and make friendship bracelets or color in the introvert corner!

Media Takeover: All day on the Center's Social Media

Open Mic and Social: 5:00pm-8:00pm at the LGBTQ Center

Submit your photo for the media takeover and/or sign up for the open mic here

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National Coming Out Day was instituted on October 11th, 1988. We celebrate by being visible and affirming others' right to be safely visible in their identities. 

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