Saint Mary's College of California Acknowledges National Coming Out Day


Que(e)ries: Diverse Genders & Sexualities Action Subcommittee of the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence at Saint Mary’s College of California recognizes the importance of National Coming Out Day (NCOD). National Coming Out Day is observed annually on October 11th to celebrate the on-going process of “coming out” and to raise awareness of the queer community and civil rights movement. The term coming out is a metaphor used to describe queer individuals’ self-disclosure of their sexual orientation or their gender identity. Coming out is an on-going multi-layered process that can include coming out to oneself, to a supportive community, as well as coming out to one’s larger community. 

National Coming Out Day is designed to honor the ongoing process of coming out and is an opportunity to acknowledge and honor that many people are not yet able to feel safe coming out to themselves and others. By celebrating those who can safely come out and honoring those who cannot, National Coming Out Day is an opportunity to offer education and support, share stories and experiences, with the goal that all people may someday have the opportunity to live openly and safely. Founded in 1998 by Richard Eichberg and Jean O’Leary, October 11 marks the 1987 anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights.

We invite you to participate in of our upcoming events:

National Coming Out Day Celebration
October 11 from 12 - 3 pm, Intercultural Center

Join the Intercultural Center, Mission & Ministry Center, Pride and Que(e)ries as we celebrate National Coming Out Day. Learn more information about what the coming out experience is like for members of the queer community, contribute/view a community art piece and pick up your free rainbow pin! Individuals of all sexual orientations and genders are welcome to stop by!

A Conversation with Theologian Paul Schutz
October 12 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Hagerty Lounge

In partnership with the Cummins Institute, the Mission & Ministry Center, Theology & Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, we invite you to hear Dr. Schutz discuss theological perspectives on science, gender and sexuality in the Catholic Church. Join us in Hagerty Lounge from 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Reception to follow).

Que(e)ries Monthly Meeting (Allies welcome)
Join us on October 20, 2021 from 4 - 5 pm for our monthly meeting! All are welcome.