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National Coming Out Day Oct. 11

October 10, 2012

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MACOMB, IL - To commemorate National Coming Out Day Thursday, Oct. 11, members of the WIU and Macomb communities are invited to attend the campus' annual NCOD meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday to share their coming out stories and show support for those in the process of coming out.

Unity, Western's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) and friends organization, will host the meeting in the University Union Sandburg Lounge. National Coming Out Day was founded Oct. 11, 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary to celebrate the first anniversary of the 1987 march on Washington.

In addition, individuals attending the meeting will have the opportunity to paint their hands on sheets, which will then be displayed at the Unity office and at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer and Allies (LGBTQA) Resource Center.

"We will also have a door, donated by the theatre department, at the meeting for people to walk through to signify their coming out if they choose to do so," said Kelsey Jones, Unity president. "We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate the diversity of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, and their allies. It's important for others to know they aren't alone."

For more information about NCOD and Unity, contact the Unity office at (309) 298-3203.

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