national coming out day

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V.19 No.41 | 10/14/2010


Whatever, Columbus

In addition to honoring colonialism, war, genocide, disease and death with Columbus Day, today also rings in National Coming Out Day. Even if you’re not gay, you can show support for your LGBT friends, family and coworkers.

In a year when we’ve so far failed to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and gay teen suicides are in the news almost every week, National Coming Out Day is particularly poignant—and necessary.

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It’s National Coming Out Day! A message from Albuquerque Pride President Jesse Lopez


In recent months, the mass media has brought awareness to the rise in GLBT suicides across our country. The sad truth and reality is that for far too long there has been a silence when dealing and coping with the issue of GLBT suicides, GLBT bullying, and GLBT discrimination.

We must rise to the occasion so those members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender community that live in fear, self hate and silence are silent no more. For those in other countries that fear for their lives because a person can still be legally killed for being GLBT, we are silent no more. For every struggling member of our community, we are silent no more.

Together, as a united front we are silent no more. Please join me, as we take a stand together at Morningside Park, Monday October 11 at 7:00 pm for National Coming Out Day. Coming together as one community so others have the courage to stand and be strong. This is not a protest or even a rally, rather its people coming together to be one voice.

Together in Pride,

Jesse A. Lopez

Albuquerque Pride

V.18 No.40 | 10/1/2009


National Gay Rights March

Ace reporter Maren Tarro will be covering for the Alibi the National Equality March in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

From the site:

“We are guaranteed equal protection by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Free and equal people do not bargain for or prioritize our rights, so we are coming to DC this October 10-11th to demand equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. Now.”

Earlier this year, I interviewed vexillographer Gilbert Baker, the man who sewed the first rainbow Pride flag in 1978. When I spoke with him in June, he was already spending hours over his sewing machine in Harlem making banners for October’s D.C. demonstration.

From the article:

"I went back to my roots," Baker says. "I did upgrade to, like, really fabulous silk and sequins. They're stunning in the great tradition of revolution, but they certainly have the detail of a couture evening gown."

This news story says the first march in 1993 drew between 300,000 and 1 million people. This year’s rally will coincide with National Coming Out Day on Sunday, Oct. 11.

If you can’t make it all the way to Washington, Sinatra-DeVine Productions is putting up “Come Out Come Out,” the annual drag revue, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. There are 300 seats left.