Gay history commemoration begins
Remembrance of past struggles can galvanize present, organizers say
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 23:10
October marks the start of LGBT History Month, an appreciation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history as well as the history behind the gay rights movement. In observance of LGBT History Month, the Texas A&M GLBT Resource Center and other organizations are hosting various events as part of Coming Out Week, which starts Oct. 10.
Jude Magaro, vice president of Shades of Queer, said the importance of LGBT History Month lies in remembering the struggles of those who came before.
“Like any other history month, LGBT history month serves to remind us where we come from,” Magaro said. “The LGBT movement is an equal rights movement. There are still areas in society where we are fighting for our equality and equal treatment. It’s important for future generations to remember just how far we’ve come and why this movement looks today the way it does.”
Among the events, “The Coming Out Monologues” will he held Oct. 11 on Coming Out Day, which is dedicated to encouraging honest living in regards to gender identity and sexual orientation.
“The Coming Out Monologues,” which is held in the ILSB Auditorium, will feature experiences of A&M students and faculty who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Sidney Gardner, program coordinator of the GLBT Resource Center, said Coming Out Day is meant to inspire people to be comfortable with their identity.
“It’s a day to celebrate LGBT people and encourage people to come out on whatever level feels right,” Gardner said.
Nick Harris said the importance of Coming Out Day lies in understanding the difficult process of coming to terms with one’s identity.
“The important thing is awareness,” Harris said. “The coming out process is different for everyone. There is a great change that people who are coming out are going through.”
Magaro said campus support is key to achieving the goal of Coming Out Week.
“I would like to give an invitation to everyone, especially our allies in the community campus-wide to our coming out week event,” Magaro said. “We need support from everyone. Come out and show your support, at the same time you might learn something as well.
Kye Allums, the first openly transgender person to play NCAA Division I athletics, will stop in Oct. 10 at the ILSB Auditorium on his “Transition Tour.” The tour and his speech will revolve around educating faculty, students and student-athletes about transgender identity issues, with the ultimate goal of forming a more positive campus climate for all.