National Coming Out Day
This year, in celebration of National Coming Out Day on October 11th, the LGBT Center will once again be running multi, full-page advertisement in The Daily Princetonian on Thursday, October 11th,which will list the names of students, faculty, staff, and alumni (both LGBT and allies) who acknowledge the importance of coming out of the closet. We invite you to take part in this initiative to foster a supportive and affirming Princeton University community. If you wish to add your name to the list, please fill out the form.
The text of the ad will read:
We are your classmates, hallmates, teammates, students, professors, colleagues, co-workers, family, and friends who are just a few of the out and proud lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, and ally members of the Princeton University community. We stand against the bias in our community, and we invite you to come out with us.
In addition, there will be a statement about the importance of coming out that reads,
THE CLOSET is the term given to the world of denial, hatred, secrecy, and fear that many people live in every day. This is the direct result of homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, and inflexible perspectives and policies. It is often a daunting task to “come out” of that closet and embrace oneself, one’s family, and one’s community. Coming out is never a complete process—every day there are new situations where one has to decide whether or not to be visible and out in our heterosexist and normatively gendered society. Coming out and creating safe spaces are two of the most important things you can do.