Join UAB for a Celebration of ‘Out Week’

By on September 24, 2013
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Dubbed a “mecca of multiculturalism” by the Princeton Review, UAB  boasts one of the most diverse campuses in the Southeast. Diversity at UAB is not only ethnic or cultural, but it is communal as well. As a part of  a nationwide celebration and initiative, UAB, like other universities and community organizations across the country,  will celebrate National Coming Out Week , beginning Monday, October 7, and climaxing on National Coming Out Day on Friday, October 11.

Beginning Monday, October 7, UAB, like other university campuses and community organizations across the country,  will celebrate National Coming Out Week, climaxing Friday, October 11, the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights on October 11, 1987.

National Coming Out Day was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist; The Experience, an inclusive spiritual & multifaith community; and Jean O’Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and the head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. National Coming Out Day  promotes a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live truthfully and openly, and celebrates the act of publicly identifying or aligning oneself as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual.

According to the purpose stated by Multicultural and Diversity Programs at UAB, “we plan to use a multidisciplinary approach in not only celebrating this week, but also educating ourselves on the diversity within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community. This week will feature speakers, artist, trainings, a spoken word performance, academic classroom lectures, and consultation meetings by local and national experts.” Out Week also coincides with UAB’s recognition of LGBT History month, held annually in October.

Some highlights of the week include a seminar that teaches students how to become strategic and inclusive, a tribute to Civil Rights organizer and posthumously awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Bayard Rustin, a lecture by civil rights and LGBT advocate Mandy Carter, and the National Coming Out Day Reception that Friday in the Campus Recreation Center, at 6 PM.

For a complete list and description of events, or to register/RVSP for the events, visit uab.edu/outweek. The week is led by Multicultural & Diversity Programs, and is sponsored by Student Life, Safe Zone,  Southern Poverty Law Center, and Equality Alabama.

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