West Virginia Wesleyan College is celebrating Coming Out Week, Oct 6-11. Prism, the college's Queer-Straight alliance, is hosting Coming Out Week for the first time in campus history.
Ali Roberts, president of Prism, described the focus of the week's events.
"Aside from festive events such as Tie-Dye for the Covenant House, Second Chance Prom and Coming Out Day, Coming Out Week seeks to raise awareness of issues surrounding the LGBTQ community including homelessness, suicide and discrimination."
The week will coincide with National Coming Out Week and will feature six days of events to celebrate what coming out means to LGBTQ people and their allies in our campus community. The week will begin with an interfaith chapel service at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning in Wesley Chapel and an address from Bishop Donogrant McCluney entitled "The Spirituality of Homosexuality" on Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the Meditation Chapel.
The week's events will culminate in Coming Out Day, where the campus community can participate in coming out on the Chapel lawn by sharing something about themselves that might not be common knowledge.
Prism is a student organization that welcomes the involvement of any and all campus members who are committed to social and legal justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, intersex and queer people everywhere. Though the organization has existed in multiple forms for the past several years, the organization's current name reflects a desire to be more inclusive than the former designation as a gay-straight alliance allowed. For Prism, the week is a public statement that as a community, "We can stand together, championing the idea that every citizen, every parishioner and every child deserves equal love, protection and opportunities."
For more information on Coming Out Week, contact Jess Scott, instructor of interdisciplinary studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.