private interment service will be held and details of a later
celebration of Jeanne Manford's life and legacy will be announced. The family requests that any donations be made to the Jeanne Manford Legacy Fund to support the ongoing work of PFLAG National: 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 660, Washington, DC 20036.
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National Coming Out Day on Campus!
The Pennsylvania State University
by Craig LeetsEach year, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally (LGBTA) Student Resource Center at the Pennsylvania State University partners with LGBTA student organizations to coordinate a week of programming to celebrate National Coming Out Day (NCOD). Because programming lasts an entire week, this series of events has come to be known as National Coming Out week (NCOW). This year, five events were offered by the LGBTA Student Resource Center and the LGBTA student organizations to celebrate October 11th. With NCOD falling on a Thursday this year, NCOW began on Monday, October 8th, and lasted through Friday, October 12th.
On Monday of NCOW, the LGBTA Student Coalition and the LGBTA Student Resource Center hosted the "HUB Takeover." On the main level of Penn State's student union, six tables were placed in the main corridor with a rainbow balloon arch at each end. One of these tables provided students with the opportunity to sign an ally pledge. At another table, students could take complimentary buttons that had various identifiers on them, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, activist, and ally. The LGBTA Student Resource Center also offered a table with information about the Center and safe sex materials. Delta Lambda Phi, the Greek-letter organization for gay, bisexual, and progressive men, sold rainbow thread bracelets to raise money for the No H8 Campaign. One of the highlights of this event was various students throughout the day who stood in the middle of this corridor and offered "free gay hugs" to any passersby who were interested.
"Is Faith Straight?" was the question that a panel discussion focused on on the second day of NCOW. Four students from the LGBTA Student Resource Center's Straight Talks program comprised a panel of LGBT-identified students who have navigated the intersection of religion and sexual orientation during their lives. While one of the students shared a negative experience of coming out to devout parents, another student shared an affirming experience coming out in his home and his church. After each panelist shared a brief story about their experiences with religion and faith, audience members were asked to pose questions to any or all of the panelists about their experiences at this intersection of identities. In response to the questions, the students spoke about their personal relationships with their higher power, continued struggles with navigating religion and sexuality, and hope for a more inclusive future.
As a result of a canceled event on Friday, a candlelight vigil on Thursday night was the final NCOW event. One of the Co-Presidents of the LGBTA Student Coalition told a group of students and several staff gathered on the edge of campus that the vigil was in honor of any fallen queer youth who had been a victim of hate or took their own lives because they could no longer handle the pain. Each candle was paired with a paper cup that acted as a shield for wind and melting wax and also had a name on the cup to identify LGBT people who were lost. Songs, poetry, and personal stories were shared, including "Hope is a thing with feathers" by Emily Dickinson and "The nutritionist" by Andrea Gibson. In closing the event, one of the vigil's organizers promised to never stop fighting and to never stop speaking out until LGBT youth no longer lived in a world where hopelessness and violence lead to tragedy.
As the week came to a close, after celebration, speaking out, and remembrance, students deflated the rainbow balloon arches with a renewed sense of hope and purpose for the work that still remains to bring widespread safety, affirmation, and equality to the LGBT community.
Very interesting article...