National Coming Out day to be observed


Tiffany Wong

Members of GSA sell boba outside Manzanita during a fundraiser for their club week last year. GSA members handed out stickers to passing students and faculty on Tuesday.

by Anya Weaver, Reporter

National Coming Out Day, an observance created to raise awareness for the LGBTQ+ movement and community, is coming up tomorrow. National Coming Out Day is a day to celebrate those who have already come out and support those who have not yet done so.

Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) members handed out stickers in front of Manzanita during lunch yesterday and requested that the Harker community wear red to school to commemorate the occasion. Many people also took the opportunity to post their support for the LGBTQ+ community on social media.

“It’s support for the LGBTQ+ student community and teacher community,” GSA co-president Lou Sanche (11) said. “A lot of people choose to come out on National Coming Out Day, because they feel that it’s official and they feel more comfortable coming out.”

Every year, Harker has had a speaker come and talk about the importance of the day and share their personal story during the school meeting preceding the holiday.

National Coming Out Day was founded by gay rights activists Jean O’Leary and Richard Eichberg on Oct. 11, 1988, the one-year anniversary of a National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

“I consider myself an ally of the LBGTQ+ community, and I have many friends who are in the community, both here at school and also in my personal life,” English teacher Ohad Paran said. “I post on all my social media feeds my support and I pledge to help in any way I can, and I facilitate dialogue between members inside and outside of the community to foster better open communication.”

After honoring National Coming Out Day, GSA plans to make a list of important LGBTQ+ figures throughout history on the GSA bulletin board in Main.

This piece was originally published in the pages of the Winged Post on October 12, 2017.