Homosexual students and community members had the chance to
declare and/or celebrate their sexuality this past weekend during
National Coming Out Day.
Though NCOD was Saturday, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender
Student Services offered music, coming-out stories and
thought-provoking activities to the campus Friday on the Lory
Student Center Plaza.
“NCOD is a day for students to come out, to celebrate who they
are,” said Randy McCrillis, director of GLBTSS. “It’s also a way to
raise awareness about GLBT issues on campus.”
Not only members of the GLBT community but also supporters such
as Evan Dixon attended the event.
“It’s National Coming Out Day. It’s taking a step of awareness,”
said Dixon, a junior music education major. “And it’s not just for
the GLBT community, it’s for everyone.”
Chalk-written messages of peace, understanding and love covered
the Plaza in all colors. “Open your heart and your mind,” and
“Reveal the person behind the stereotype,” were among those
A black box covered with derogatory terms – not only in
reference to GLBTs, but all people – was one highlight. Students
could cover the negative words with something supportive. T-shirts
were also on sale, available in all colors with the phrase “Gay?
Fine by me.”
At noon, students shared coming out stories, messages of support
and sometimes a little humor. Haedis Safi, a sophomore technical
journalism major, offered a questionnaire for heterosexuals, built
from questions often asked of homosexuals.
Some of these questions included, “What do you think caused your
heterosexuality?” “When and how did you decide you were a
heterosexual?” “To whom have you disclosed your heterosexuality and
how did they react?” and “Could it possibly be that your
heterosexuality is just a phase?”
National Coming Out Day started in 1987 as a march in
Washington, D.C., for equal rights. It coincided with the first
showing of the Names Quilt commemorating victims of the AIDS
McCrillis said there used to be events in Fort Collins on NCOD,
but they have been discontinued due to a lack of attendance.
Nonetheless, Friday’s events on the Plaza provided a peek at
diversity on the CSU campus.