National Coming Out Day
This year, in celebration of National Coming Out Day on October 11, the LGBT Center will once again be running multi, full-page advertisement in The Daily Princetonian on Friday, October 11, 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 many LGBTQA people live in every day. This is the direct result of homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, and inflexible perspectives and policies. Coming out of the closet and being honest with oneself, one’s family, and one’s community is often a daunting task, and for some people, coming out is never a complete process. Every day, there are new situations in which one has to decide whether to be visible, to be out, and/or to be an ally.