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Friday, October 11, 2013 - 7:39am
Las Cruces, NM (KDBC) — It's National Coming Out Day on Friday, October 11, and New Mexico State University is celebrating.
National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day for discussion about gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and queer people.
This day is observed October 11th every year.
The campus' Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center will host various events throughout the day to celebrate the university's support of the GLBTQ community.
To kick things off, several NMSU students will share their stories of coming out and answer questions from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Doña Ana Room in Corbett Center.
Coming Out Day Safe Zone Training will address the unique experiences of GLBTQ people to create more visibility and understanding on campus.
The training will take place from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Corbett Center Auditorium.
Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, a high ranking member of U.S Army Reserve who has come out, will share her life story from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Corbett Center Auditorium.
Sodexo will provide a National Coming Out Day dinner from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. inside Taos Cafeteria for $5.
The day will end with Story Sharing for those who would like to share their stories of coming out in a smaller group setting. The event will take place from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Otero Room in Corbett Center.
Closing out the National Coming Out Day celebration will be the Stonewall QSA Student Art Show: Forgotten Voices. The art show will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Azure Cherry Art Gallery located on 330 E. Lohamn Ave.