By DJ Greenzweig
Recruitment and Retention Manager
KU celebrated its LGBTQ+ community on Oct. 10 through an awareness fair for National Coming Out Day, held in the Old Main concourse.
Decked out in rainbow, the concourse had a variety of displays and activities hosted by campus organizations such as It’s On Us, Allies and the GLBTQ Resource Center.
Students could decorate a rainbow cookie, spin the wheel to test their knowledge of pride flags, collect flags or buttons with their preferred pronouns, and write messages of support to sexual assault survivors. The displays were interactive and provided insight into the coming out process.
“It’s important to have this event, to get together all of the LGBTQ+ members and Allies at Kutztown to strengthen our community and show others that acceptance is really our focus on campus,” said GLBTQ Resource Center intern Storm Wright.
One of the primary symbols of the event was a large black door with a rainbow heart painted on it. Students and faculty could write positive messages on the door or simply sign their names to show support.
Some of the most notable messages were that of encouragement such as, “Love conquers all” and “Say it clear, say it loud; gay is good, gay is proud.”
The celebration continued at night with speaker Jason Landau Goodman, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress. The Pennsylvania Youth Congress is the statewide youth advocacy organization. To wrap up Kutztown’s day of inclusion, Goodman led a presentation on the current state of LGBTQ+ rights both in Pennsylvania and nationally.
As stated by a KU Instagram post about the event, “Our highly diverse community is committed to inclusion, open conversations, and sharing the message: you are never alone.”