Celebrate National Coming Out Day

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Celebrate National Coming Out Day

Professor Claire Lind, Co-advisor Emmalee Pearson, Co-advisor Victor Raymond, GSA officer Tierney Miller, and GSA officer Pete Beach gather for a photo after the club’s National Coming Out Day celebration at the Truax Campus on Oct. 11.

Professor Claire Lind, Co-advisor Emmalee Pearson, Co-advisor Victor Raymond, GSA officer Tierney Miller, and GSA officer Pete Beach gather for a photo after the club’s National Coming Out Day celebration at the Truax Campus on Oct. 11.

Christopher Bird / Clarion

Professor Claire Lind, Co-advisor Emmalee Pearson, Co-advisor Victor Raymond, GSA officer Tierney Miller, and GSA officer Pete Beach gather for a photo after the club’s National Coming Out Day celebration at the Truax Campus on Oct. 11.

Christopher Bird / Clarion

Christopher Bird / Clarion

Professor Claire Lind, Co-advisor Emmalee Pearson, Co-advisor Victor Raymond, GSA officer Tierney Miller, and GSA officer Pete Beach gather for a photo after the club’s National Coming Out Day celebration at the Truax Campus on Oct. 11.

Casey Anderson, Opinion Editor

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National Coming Out Day was founded in 1988, and is still proudly celebrated today. This year, it took place on Oct. 11, filling the day with pride and love for all.

National Coming Out Day celebrates any and all sexual orientations, including but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) orientations.

This day marks a day of triumph, for the LGBTQ+ community has come a long ways fighting for equality, is constantly still working towards it.

Although there is always still work to be done for true equality, we must celebrate what has come of cooperative and personal struggle and stories that have led us to where we are now.

I believe it is immensely important to be an ally and support all members of LGBTQ+ community – you do not have to be a part of the community to support it. A good way to begin supporting this community is getting involved with Madison College’s own LGBTQ+ club. All are welcome. This student-led organization at Madison College has been doing a great job to ensure that we provide a safe and welcoming space for those of all orientations and identities.

Having National Coming Out Day be a nationally recognized holiday is a wonderful step in the right direction, and this holiday should be supported and celebrated by all.

But the support recognized on this day should not be limited to just one day of the year. Supporting and encouraging LGBTQ+ community is not a day long commitment, but a life-long commitment. It is a commitment to acceptance, appreciation and love.

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