Cal State Long Beach will host National Coming Out Week, consisting of events coordinated by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center starting Oct. 6.
National Coming Out Day is an international event giving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning individuals the opportunity to “come out” to others about their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Kirstyn Chun, a psychologist at the CSULB Counseling and Psychological Services and LGBTIQ support group facilitator, said National Coming Out Week will be “focusing on segments of the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community that are often overlooked, especially transgender and bisexual individuals.”
She also hopes the events next week will focus on Proposition 8, which opposes approval of same-sex marriages in California.
“We appreciate the university being supportive of LGBT education events on campus because they are an important component on educating students on diversity in Southern California,” Chun said.
The event will also be an opportunity for students and faculty to get information on the challenges faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Chun said.
CSULB junior Natalie Cruz believes National Coming Out Week will benefit students.
“I’m excited to see what kind of events these are going to be,” Cruz said. “Overall, I know this will be good because a lot of students don’t know much about this stuff.”
National Coming Out Day was first established in 1988, in remembrance of the march at Washington D.C. for Lesbian and Gay rights on the same day in 1987.
Sponsors for National Coming Out Day include the LGBT resource center at CSULB, student life and development, counseling and psychological services and the student health services health resource center.