Queer Community, Allies Celebrate Self-Love

Mt. SAC’s Pride Center and Aspire Program team up to celebrate the queer community on National Coming Out Day

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The 31-year anniversary of National Coming Out Day is on Oct. 11, and this day of awareness for the queer community celebrates people coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. From Oct. 11 through Oct. 13, activities around Los Angeles will be offered for queer people and allies to enjoy, but Mt. SAC’s own Pride Center is also celebrating in its own way.

Pride Center program specialist Madison Stute talked about what was in store for today.

“This is the first time we’re doing something to support the Aspire program,” Stute said.

In the past, the Pride Center at Mt. SAC has hosted their own events for National Coming Out Day, but this year, they’re working with the Aspire program.

Stute said, “Aspire is another one of our equity programs on campus, and Friday evening they will host a dinner, followed by a screening of the award-winning film, ‘Moonlight.’ Following the screening, they will be hosting a debriefing discussion hosted by one of our school’s mental health counselors.”

When asked about the debriefing discussion, she said, “It’s going to be focused on any opinions or thoughts or if they were moved any type of way by the film. They’ll have a chance to talk about it in the presence of some professionals who can help them navigate those emotions they may be feeling.”

Madison also encouraged everyone to participate in local National Coming Out Day events.

“I’ve seen a lot of events in the community for National Coming Out Day this year. If people are interested in getting involved, I know there’s a lot going on Saturday and Sunday. I encourage folks to take a look online to see how they can connect with others.”

National Coming Out Day is more than just a day of celebration; it can offer support to those who may be struggling with their sexuality or gender and a means to connect with others in a safe environment.

Join the Mt. SAC Pride Center and Aspire program in Building 13, Room 1700 for food and a screening of the movie “Moonlight,” as well as a discussion of the movie afterwards.

And be sure to check back on SAC.Media for a series featuring people from the queer community who will tell their coming out stories.