UW-Eau Claire celebrates National Coming Out Day

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – October 11th marks National Coming Out Day, and on Thursday it was celebrated locally at UW-Eau Claire.

There was a wide variety of tables set up on campus along with community resources that are LGBTQ friendly. People were able to share their coming out stories on stage.

Organizers said they want to create a safe space for everybody just to be themselves.

“There is a big misconception that coming out is a one-time thing, and though sometimes there is a definitive moment where somebody recognizes as being the moment the came out, it is something you do your entire life,” said UW Eau Claire Director of Gender and Sexuality Christopher Jorgenson.

“I love this. It’s just such a visible space and the energy to celebrate everyone’s identities and everybody coming together is just like amazing,” said Amelia Montie, a student at UW-Eau Claire.

Jorgenson said he is proud Eau Claire is the 3rd city in the state of Wisconsin to ban conversion therapy. The city council passed a resolution banning it for children under 18 earlier this week.

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford

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