National Coming Out Day Today

Today is National Coming Out Day.

The day provides an opportunity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people to remind the national community and its various sub-communities — including the church — that LGBTQ people walk every walk of life, alongside all the other diverse members of the community, and an opportunity for straight allies to support their LGBTQ friends and colleagues openly, and to voice the demand for integrity, inclusion, and equal rights.

On the LPTS campus, the More Light chapter has organized activities designed to focus attention on the day and its meaning. These include “Happy Coming Out Day” greetings via campus mail, an invitation to Come Out for Cookies at safe spaces around campus [the Women’s Center is proud to have been designated a safe space and cookie center], and an opportunity for LGBTQ members of the community and their allies to videotape messages for submission to the It Gets Better Project and distribution around campus.

The Women’s Center is proud to be able to participate in National Coming Out Day; eager to come out as a supportive and safe space for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, alums, and visitors; and honored to be able to serve as a place for making statements that will help LGBTQ youth choose hope and life.

Because the statement that we continually want to make, on National Coming Out Day and every day, is that the image of God is many-gendered, and always worth celebrating.

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About Ha_Qohelet

Ha_Qohelet is a transliteration of Hebrew definite article plus a feminine participle, all together meaning "the (feminine) one who assembles" or who calls together. Qohelet is the title of one of the books of the Hebrew Scripture, known in English as Ecclesiastes. The Women's Center at LPTS feels the epithet of Qohelet is a fitting one for what we do and are. The Women's Center is, indeed, a caller-together, a caller-to-wisdom, and an assembler -- of people, of ideas, of actions, and ultimately, we hope, of transformations in the world. In this context, Ha_Qohelet is the Director of the Women's Center, and Editor-in-Chief of Wimminwise.

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