Diversity and Difference
Office of Multicultural Affairs Recognizes National Coming Out Day—
October 11, 2013
On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was the second such demonstration in our nation's capital and resulted in the founding of a number of LGBT organizations. The momentum continued four months after this march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists from around the country gathered and came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it. From this idea the National Coming Out Day was born. This year the theme for National Coming Out Day is "Coming Out Still Matters"
Check out the video below to learn more!
In recognition of October 11th as National Coming Out Day, MSPP will be showing the documentary Fish out of water (56 minutes). German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer once noted that "all truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, third it is accepted as self-evident." Fish out of water begins with a Vanderbilt student's coming out story, then moves to examine biblical references, often cited as condemnatory against homosexuality. At the film's core are interviews with academic theologians, everyday citizens, and pastors from different religions, classes and ethnic groups who have survived intolerance, most often from their own families. Their candid stories give the fight for equality and the political debate on these issues a voice and face, offering inspiration to those still ensnared in struggle. The film offers an honest exploration of self-evident truths as defined by the individual.
Discussion Dates & Times
Monday 10/7: 12-1:30 (Room 204)
Tuesday 10/8: 4-5:30pm (Room 307)
Wednesday 10/9: 6-7:30pm (Room 307)
Thursday 10/10: 2:30-4pm (Room 307)
Friday 10/11: 12-1:30pm (Room 204)
Check out these interesting links:
Resources on coming out
LGBT Oral History