National Coming Out Day commemorates the October 11, 1987 Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, which called for President Ronald Reagan to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Every year, we celebrate coming out as part of the broad network of communities generally referred to as LGBTQ, but that include lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, two-spirit, same gender loving, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, and many more identities. At Carolina, we do so by serving cake and taking photos in The Pit to allow those of us who are "out" an opportunity to celebrate and be visible, and to recognize the reasons that many others stay "closeted."
Download the Official Poster Here or read on for a list of events for this year's observance.
Kenan-Flagler Out & Proud Day
11:00am - 1:00pm in KFBS Courtyard
Sponsored by KFBS Undergraduate and MBA Pride Groups
We will have cake, a balloon arch (!!), an opportunity for everyone to hang out and show their allyship, and music.
6:00pm - 7:30pm at Mellow Mushroom, 310 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
QTPOC Grad/Prof Student Gathering is an event for graduate and professional students of color who identify as LGBTQIA+. Come out to get to know other QTPOC and bring your affirming loved ones! Appetizers will be provided.
Hosted by Mariel Eaves (they/them/theirs).
If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact Erin Case, Gradate and Professional Student Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCOD Chalking Pre-Event
7:00pm - 8:00pm Outside Davis Library
Sponsored by Pride Place
Join us to chalk campus in celebration of National Coming Out Day! We will provide chalk for you to express yourself through art, quotes, statistics, and more.
11:00am - 1:00pm In Front of Lenoir
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center
Every year, the Center celebrates NCOD by being visible, providing opportunities to learn and taking photos in The Pit to allow those of us who are "out" an opportunity to celebrate and be visible, and to recognize the reasons that many others stay "closeted."
12:00pm - 2:00pm in Graham Memorial Lounge
Sponsored by Honors Carolina
What better way to celebrate NCOD than by helping us officially launch Honors Carolina PRIDE! Join us in the Graham Memorial Lounge for appetizers, music, door prizes, and more!
3:30pm - 4:30pm in Michael Hooker Research Center Auditorium 0001 (Blue Cross and Blue Shield Auditorium)
Sponsored by the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association and STEM Pride of the Triangle
The Queer Perspective Speaker Series (QPSS) hosted by STEM Pride of the Triangle invites successful STEM professionals to speak about their work, their LGBTQ+ identity, and how these areas intersected for them in their career path.
This QPSS entitled "my angels will be tall Black drag queens: Embracing intersectionality to advance HIV research" is co-hosted with the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, and will highlight Dr. Matthews' identity as a gay black man in the context of his career and professional development.
There will be hors d'oeuvres after the event, and after that, a limited number of seats to have dinner with Dr. Matthews.
4:00pm - 5:30pm in Undergrad Library 211
Sponsored by Queer People of Faith
Join us to learn about people coming out within various religious traditions and make art that expresses your identity!
6:00pm - 8:00pm in FPG Student Union Great Hall
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, Student Life and Leadership, Student Government, UNC QTPOC, queer_hack, and Campus Y
Round up the friend group or come solo and join us for National Coming Out Day karaoke night! Affirming individuals of all identities welcome! Whether you've been itching to show off your skills, have never tried karaoke, or just want to listen from the introvert corner, feel free to stop by!
There will also be a photo booth and pride flags to use as props. This year, we've added Dinner will be provided: we'll have a taco bar and churros from Tamale Factory (including vegan options) , Insomnia cookies, and Pride Flag cake!
7:00pm - 9:00pm at Linda's Downbar
Sponsored by the Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Carolina Advocates for Gender Equity Linda's Bar and Grill, and Pride Place
SAGA is collaborating with CAGE, Pride Place, and Linda's Bar and Grill to host a Queer Trivia night on National Coming Out Day! The event will be located in Linda's downbar on Friday, October 11th from 7pm-ppm. Come enjoy a night of food, trivia, and all your LGBTQ+ best friends!