Coming Out Week Activities Announced

Friday, September 27th, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College is celebrating Coming Out Week October 6-11.  Prism, the College’s Queer-Straight alliance, is hosting Coming Out Week for the first time in campus history.

Ali Roberts, president of Prism, described the focus of the week’s events.

“Aside from festive events such as Tie-Dye for the Covenant House, Second Chance Prom, and Coming Out Day, Coming Out Week seeks to raise awareness of issues surrounding the LGBTQ community including homelessness, suicide, and discrimination.”

The week will coincide with National Coming Out Week and will feature six days of events to celebrate what coming out means to LGBTQ people and their allies in our campus community.  The week will begin with an interfaith chapel service at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning in Wesley Chapel and an address from Bishop Donogrant McCluney entitled “The Spirituality of Homosexuality” on Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the Meditation Chapel.  The week’s events will culminate in Coming Out Day, where the campus community can participate in coming out on the chapel lawn by sharing something about themselves that might not be common knowledge.

Prism is a student organization that welcomes the involvement of any and all campus members who are committed to social and legal justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, intersex, and queer people everywhere.  Though the organization has existed in multiple forms for the past several years, the organization’s current name reflects a desire to be more inclusive than the former designation as a gay-straight alliance allowed.  For Prism, the week is a public statement that as a community, “we can stand together, championing the idea that every citizen, every parishioner and every child deserves equal love, protection and opportunities.”

Schedule:

Sunday, October 6: Interfaith LGBTQ-friendly service at 11 a.m. in Wesley Chapel
Monday, October 7: Bishop Donagrant McCluney will be speaking about his experience as a gay, African American, evangelical pastor at 7 p.m. in the Meditation Chapel

Tuesday, October 8: Tie-dye for the Covenant House at 11 a.m. on the Chapel lawn.  Donations will be accepted for the Covenant House in Charleston.

Wednesday, October 9: Second Chance prom 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. in the BSU.  All are welcome.

Thursday, October 10: Candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m. at Chapel steps. Everyone is welcome to wear purple in memory of LGBTQ suicides.

Friday, October 11: Coming out day on the Chapel lawn.  All are encouraged to share something about themselves that may not be common knowledge.

For more information on Coming Out Week, contact Jess Scott, instructor of interdisciplinary studies, at scott_j@wvwc.edu.